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prehistoric

adjective uk   /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
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