A member of an ancient pre-Columbian people living in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in what are roughly the modern-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco.

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  • Olmec — [äl′mek΄] n. pl. Olmecs or Olmec a member of an ancient American Indian people centered in what are now the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz adj. of the culture of this people, characterized by a highly developed system of agriculture, jade …   English World dictionary

  • Olmec — 1787, from Nahuatl Olmecatl (pl. Olmeca), lit. inhabitant of the rubber country …   Etymology dictionary

  • Olmec — Monument 6, San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan …   Wikipedia

  • Olmec — /ol mek, ohl /, adj., n., pl. Olmecs, (esp. collectively) Olmec. Archaeol. adj. 1. of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization, c1000 400 B.C., along the southern Gulf coast of Mexico, characterized by extensive agriculture, a dating system,… …   Universalium

  • Olmec — /ˈɒlmɛk/ (say olmek) noun 1. a people inhabiting the coast of the Gulf of Mexico c. 1200–400 BC. 2. (plural Olmec or Olmecs) a member of this people. –adjective 3. of or relating to this people or their civilisation …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Olmec — noun Etymology: Nahuatl Õlmēcah, a coastal people in Aztec history, from Õlmān, their homeland, probably from ōlli rubber Date: 1880 an ancient people of the southern east coast of Mexico who flourished about 1200 to 400 ; B.C …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Olmec — Kolossalkopf Kolossalkopf (Nationalmuseum für Anthropologie, Mexiko Stadt) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Olmec — [ ɒlmɛk] noun (plural same or Olmecs) 1》 a member of a prehistoric people who lived on the Gulf of Mexico. 2》 a native people inhabiting this area during the 15th and 16th centuries. Origin from Nahuatl Olmecatl, (plural) Olmeca, lit. inhabitants …   English new terms dictionary

  • olmec — ol·mec …   English syllables

  • Olmec — Ol•mec [[t]ˈɒl mɛk, ˈoʊl [/t]] adj. n. pl. mecs, (esp. collectively) mec. 1) ara of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization, c1000–400 b.c., along the S Gulf coast of Mexico 2) ara a member of the people who belonged to this ancient… …   From formal English to slang

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