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[lev-uh-loi-zee-uh n, -zhuh n] /ˌlɛv əˈlɔɪ zi ən, -ʒən/
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.
Also, Levallois
[luh-val-wah] /ləˈvæl wɑ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Levalloisian
1930-35; Levallois(-Perret) + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Asnières and levallois were filling with ruins, the inhabitants of Neuilly starving in their cellars.

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

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • Dombrowski occupied the bridge of Asnières, levallois, and Neuilly with 4000 or 5000 men at the utmost.

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

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • 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
  • Maupied, son contre-candidat de levallois, était devenu Ministre des Colonies.

    Histoires grises E. Edouard Tavernier
  • Ce jour-là, dans tout levallois, ce fut un rire immense qui partit tout d'un coup comme un grand incendie.

    Histoires grises E. Edouard Tavernier
  • They appeared to be firing in the direction of levallois, rather than on the Porte Maillot.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for levallois


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
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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