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Clovis

[kloh-vis] /ˈkloʊ vɪs/
noun
1.
a town in central California.
2.
a city in E New Mexico.
3.
a male given name.

Clovis

[kloh-vis] /ˈkloʊ vɪs/
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
1955-1960
1955-60; after Clovis, New Mexico, near where such projectile points were found

Clovis I

[kloh-vis; French klaw-vees] /ˈkloʊ vɪs; French klɔˈvis/
noun
1.
a.d. c465–511, king of the Franks 481–511.
German Chlodwig.
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Clovis I

/ˈkləʊvɪs/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for 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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Encyclopedia Article for Clovis

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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