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paleoanthropology Tweet Definition of paleoanthropology Like Definition of paleoanthropology on Facebook
noun
  1. the scientific study of fossil humans, and the evolution of modern man
Paleolithic Tweet Definition of Paleolithic Like Definition of Paleolithic on Facebook
nounpalaeolithic
  1. A period that lasted from two million years ago to 10,000 BC, of or relating to the Old Stone Age.
Papago Tweet Definition of Papago Like Definition of Papago on Facebook
proper noun
  1. former name of a Uto-Aztecan people of southern Arizona and Sonora in northern Mexico. Today they are known as the O'odham ("the People").
papoose Tweet Definition of papoose Like Definition of papoose on Facebook
noun
  • (rfv-inflection, papooses)
  1. baby
  2. backpack (UK)
peace pipe Tweet Definition of peace pipe Like Definition of peace pipe on Facebook
noun
  1. a pipe smoked in certain Native American cultures that symbolizes peace among those who smoke it, and among whom it is passed around from person to person
polyandric Tweet Definition of polyandric Like Definition of polyandric on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to, or characterized by, polyandry; mating with several males.
polyandrous Tweet Definition of polyandrous Like Definition of polyandrous on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to polyandry.
quotations
  • "Nestled in this remote area of northwestern Nepal is a tiny settlement of ethnic Tibetan Buddhists, the land of the Nyinba, where UCLA anthropologist Nancy Levine found one of the last flourishing populations, a society where women marry several men." — Los Angeles Times, December 25, 1988
polyandry Tweet Definition of polyandry Like Definition of polyandry on Facebook
noun
  1. The having of a plurality of husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a woman to more than one man, or the practice of having several husbands, at the same time.
polygamous Tweet Definition of polygamous Like Definition of polygamous on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or practicing polygamy
polygamy Tweet Definition of polygamy Like Definition of polygamy on Facebook
noun
  1. The having of a plurality of socially bonded sexual partners at the same time; most commonly, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; -- opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced . See the Note under bigamy, and compare polyandry and polygyny.
  2. (zoology) The state or habit of having more than one mate.
  3. (botany) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.
polygynist Tweet Definition of polygynist Like Definition of polygynist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who practices or advocates polygyny - H. Spenser
polygynous Tweet Definition of polygynous Like Definition of polygynous on Facebook
adjective
  1. polygynian, Polygynian.
polygyny Tweet Definition of polygyny Like Definition of polygyny on Facebook
noun (polygynies)
  1. The state or practice of having several wife, wives at the same time; plurality of wives; marriage to several wives - H. Spenser
potlatch Tweet Definition of potlatch Like Definition of potlatch on Facebook
noun
  1. a ceremony amongst certain Native American peoples of the Pacific northwest in which gifts are bestowed upon guests and personal property is destroyed in a show of wealth and generosity.
powwow Tweet Definition of powwow Like Definition of powwow on Facebook
noun
  1. A Native American council or meeting
  2. A Native American shaman, or a ritual conducted by such a shaman
  3. (informal) A short, private conference
verbto powwow
  1. (intransitive) to hold such a meeting
praxeology Tweet Definition of praxeology Like Definition of praxeology on Facebook
noun
  1. the study of human action or conduct
preliterate Tweet Definition of preliterate Like Definition of preliterate on Facebook
noun
  1. a member of such a culture
adjective
  1. (context, of a culture) that has not yet developed a written language
  2. (context, of a person) who has not yet learned to read and write
primitive Tweet Definition of primitive Like Definition of primitive on Facebook
noun
  1. An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church.
  2. Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress.
  3. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.
  4. (biology) Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.
pueblo Tweet Definition of pueblo Like Definition of pueblo on Facebook
noun
  1. A communal building erected by certain Indian tribes of Arizona and New Mexico. It is often of large size and is usually built either of stone or adobe.

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