Ol·mec (ŏlmĕk, ōl-)
n. pl. Olmec or Ol·mecs
1. An early Mesoamerican Indian civilization centered in the Veracruz region of southeast Mexico that flourished between 1300 and 400 BC, whose cultural influence was widespread throughout southern Mexico and Central America.
2. A member of any of various peoples sharing the Olmec culture.
[Nahuatl Ōlmēcah, plural of Ōlmēcatl, an Olmec, from Ōlmān, Olmec homeland (literally, "land of rubber"), from ōlli, rubber from the tree Castilla elastica.]
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