designating or of an Old World cultural period (c. 2 million-c. 10,000 ) before the Mesolithic, characterized by the use of flint, stone, and bone tools, hunting, fishing, and the gathering of plant foods
Origin of Paleolithicpaleo- + -lithic
the Paleolithic period, subdivided into the Lower (to c. 150,000 ), Middle (to c. 38,000 ), and Upper stages; Old Stone Age
Of or relating to the cultural period of the Stone Age beginning with the earliest chipped stone tools, about 2.4 million years ago, until the beginning of the Mesolithic Period, about 15,000 to 11,500 years ago in western Asia and southern Europe.
The Paleolithic Period. Also called Old Stone Age. See Usage Note at Three Age system.
- Alternative capitalization of Paleolithic Often used more generally to suggest that something is extremely outdated.
- These laws are absolutely paleolithic.