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.
A member of an ancient American Indian people centered in what are now the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz.
Of the culture of this people, characterized by a highly developed system of agriculture, jade carvings, and sculpture in the form of giant heads.
Origin of olmec
- Nahuatl Ōlmēcah plural of Ōlmēcatl an Olmec from Ōlmān Olmec homeland (literally, “land of rubber”) from ōlli rubber from the tree Castilla elastica
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition