Clovis

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[kloh-vis]
adjective
  1. of or relating to a Paleo-Indian cultural tradition of North America, especially the American Southwest, dated 10,000–9000 b.c. and characterized by a usually bifacial, fluted stone projectile point (Clovis point) used in big-game hunting.

Origin of Clovis

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1955–60; after Clovis, New Mexico, near where such projectile points were found
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British Dictionary definitions for clovis point

clovis point

noun
  1. a concave-based flint projectile dating from the 10th millennium bc, found throughout most of Central and North America
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Word Origin and History for clovis point

Clovis

type of prehistoric stone spearpoints, 1943, from Clovis, New Mexico, U.S., near which place they were found. The town is said to have been named for the Frankish king Clovis (Latinized from Frankish Chlodovech, from Germanic masc. proper name *hluda-wigaz "famous in battle," cognate with Ludwig and Louis).

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