Definition of microlith in English:



  • A minute shaped flint, typically part of a composite tool such as a spear.

    ‘Inside were large quantities of ‘narrow-blade’ flint microliths, including broken tools and knapping waste, showing that tools were made and repaired in the house.’
    • ‘The way to find microliths (small Mesolithic flint barbs), he said, was to search springtime molehills.’
    • ‘Their tools and equipment included microliths, woodworking tools such as chipped axes and adzes, picks, barbed points, bone and antler spearheads, and fishing equipment such as spears and fish-hooks.’
    • ‘The Palaeolithic industry of North Africa and southern Europe is noted for its microliths and called Capsian culture, taking its name from the town of Gafsa in Tunisia.’
    • ‘Koldehoff further defined the latter as an ‘expedient, nonformalized industry’, contrasting it to more formal concomitant microlith and large-biface industries.’



/ˈmīkrōˌliTH/ /ˈmaɪkroʊˌlɪθ/