pl. -·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 Olmec; from 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;lm&emacron;cah, plural of &Omacron;lm&emacron;catl, an Olmec, from &Omacron;lman, Olmec homeland (literally, “land of rubber”), from &omacron;lli, rubber from the tree Castilla elastica.