a town in central California.
a city in E New Mexico.
a male given name. Unabridged


of or pertaining 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.

1955–60; after Clovis, New Mexico, near where such projectile points were found

Clovis I

[kloh-vis; French klaw-vees]
a.d. c465–511, king of the Franks 481–511.
German Chlodwig. Unabridged
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Clovis I (ˈkləʊvɪs)
German name Chlodwig. ?466--511 ad, king of the Franks (481--511), who extended the Merovingian kingdom to include most of Gaul and SW Germany

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"type of prehistoric stone spearpoints," 1943, from Clovis, N.M., near where they were found.
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city, seat (1909) of Curry county, eastern New Mexico, U.S., in the High Plains (4,260 feet [1,298 metres] above sea level) near the Texas state line. It was founded in 1906 as a division point for the Santa Fe Railway. Centre of an irrigated farm and ranch area, it has extensive livestock-auction and cattle-feeding facilities and also markets sugar beets, sorghum, wheat, cotton, vegetables, poultry, and dairy products. Nearby Cannon Air Force Base contributes substantially to the economy. In 1932 prehistoric artifacts were discovered in the locality, and the city gave its name to the Clovis complex (a Stone Age culture). Inc. 1909. Pop. (1990) 30,954; (2000) 32,667.

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