Olmec Definition

ŏlmĕk, ōl-
olmecs
noun
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.
American Heritage
A member of an ancient American Indian people centered in what are now the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz.
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adjective
Of the culture of this people, characterized by a highly developed system of agriculture, jade carvings, and sculpture in the form of giant heads.
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Other Word Forms of Olmec

Noun

Singular:
Olmec
Plural:
olmecs

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

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