nounpl. -·mecs· or -·mec·
a member of an ancient American Indian people centered in what are now the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz
Origin of Olmecfrom name in Nahuatl, literally , those living in the rubber country
of the culture of this people, characterized by a highly developed system of agriculture, jade carvings, and sculpture in the form of giant heads
nounpl. Olmec, or Ol·mecs
- An early Mesoamerican Indian civilization centered in the Veracruz region of southeast Mexico that flourished between 1300 and 400 BC, whose cultural influence was widespread throughout southern Mexico and Central America.
- A member of any of various peoples sharing the Olmec culture.
Origin of OlmecNahuatl &Omacron;lmēcah plural of &Omacron;lmēcatl an Olmec from &Omacron;lmān Olmec homeland (literally, “land of rubber”) from ōlli rubber from the tree Castilla elastica