Pronunciation: (ol'mek, ōl'-), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/olmec.html on line 71 [key]
—adj., n., pl. -mecs, (esp. collectively) -mec. Archaeol.
of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization, c1000–400b.c.,along the southern Gulf coast of Mexico, characterized by extensive agriculture, a dating system, long-distance trade networks, pyramids and ceremonial centers, and very fine jade work.
a member of the ancient people who belonged to the Olmec civilization.
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