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English definition of “prehistoric”


adjective     /ˌpriː.hɪˈstɒr.ɪk/ US  /-hɪˈstɔːr-/
describing the period before there were written records : prehistoric man/ humans / animals Painting originated in prehistoric times .Prehistory informal disapproving very old-fashioned : He has prehistoric views about women who have careers .Old or old-fashionedThe elderly
(Definition of prehistoric adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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