ancient; no longer used
\ar*cha"ic\ (&?;), a. [gr. 'archai:ko`s old-fashioned, fr. 'archai^os ancient.] of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.
may refer to a period of time preceding a "classical period":
- List of archaeological periods
- Archaic Greece
- Archaic period in the Americas
- Early Dynastic Period of Egypt
- Archaic Homo sapiens, people who lived about 300,000 to 30,000 B.P. (this is far earlier than the archaeological definition)
- Archaism, the use of a form of speech or writing that is no longer current
- Archaic language, preserving features that are no longer present in languages of the same family
- List of archaic musical instruments
- Archaic Latin (also called Old Latin or Early Latin), Latin language up to about 75 BC
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1. so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws"
(synonym) antediluvian, antiquated
2. little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"
Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.
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