[ohl-duh-wuh n, awl-] /ˈoʊl də wən, ˈɔl-/
of or designating a Lower and Middle Pleistocene industrial complex of eastern Africa, characterized by assemblages of stone tools about two million years old that are the oldest well-documented artifacts yet known.
Relating to the earliest recognized stage of Paleolithic tool culture, dating from around 2.5 to 1.5 million years ago and characterized by crude cores of quartz or basalt from which flakes were removed with blows from a hammerstone. Both the flaked cores and the flakes themselves were probably used as tools for such tasks as chopping, cutting, and scraping. Oldowan tools are associated with early Homo habilis sites at Olduvai Gorge, in Tanzania, and other East African locations; they may also have been made by late australopithecines. Oldowan tools show little change during the million years they were in use, and were gradually replaced by the Acheulian tools associated with Homo erectus.
noun 1. See under . [pur-mik] /ˈpɜr mɪk/ noun 1. a subfamily of Finnic, comprising the modern languages Udmurt and Komi, spoken in northeastern European Russia, and fragmentary attestations of an earlier language (Old Permic) dating from the 15th century.
noun 1. an ancient West Iranian language attested by cuneiform inscriptions. Abbreviation: OPers. noun 1. an ancient language belonging to the West Iranian branch of the Indo-European family, recorded in cuneiform inscriptions of the 6th to the 4th centuries bc See also Middle Persian
noun 1. the language of Portugal as spoken and written from the 14th to the middle of the 16th centuries.
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