Pronunciation: (prē-his'tu-rē, -his'trē), [key]
1. human history in the period before recorded events, known mainly through archaeological discoveries, study, research, etc.; history of prehistoric humans.
2. a history of the events or incidents leading to a crisis, situation, or the like.
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