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Levalloisian

[lev-uh-loi-zee-uh n, -zhuh n]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a distinctive late Lower and Middle Paleolithic method of preparing a stone core so that preformed thin, oval or triangular flakes with sharp edges could be struck from it.
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Also Le·val·lois [luh-val-wah] /ləˈvæl wɑ/.

Origin of Levalloisian

First recorded in 1930–35; Levallois(-Perret) + -ian
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Historical Examples

  • I'll look out for Levallois, and if he's here, why, he'll invite us to his hangar.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

  • But, I say, supposing Levallois won't have anything to say to us.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

  • "That's Levallois'," said Susanne, pointing to one over which the flag of France flew.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

  • Asnières and Levallois were filling with ruins, the inhabitants of Neuilly starving in their cellars.

  • Dombrowski occupied the bridge of Asnières, Levallois, and Neuilly with 4000 or 5000 men at the utmost.


British Dictionary definitions for levallois

Levalloisian

Levallois (ləˈvælwɑː)

adjective
  1. of or relating to a Lower Palaeolithic culture in W Europe, characterized by a method of flaking flint tools so that one side of the core is flat and the other domed
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levallois in Science

Levalloisian

[lĕv′ə-loizē-ən]
  1. Relating to a technique for producing flaked stone tools that appeared in the late stages of the Acheulian (Lower Paleolithic) tool culture, characterized by a distinctive method of striking off flake tools from a prepared stone core. In the Levalloisian technique, large, sharp flakes were struck from the core with a single blow and could be used, possibly for skinning and butchering, without further flaking or finishing. Later refinements to the Levalloisian technique formed the basis for the Mousterian (Middle Paleolithic) technology.
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