Definition of Levallois in English:

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Pronunciation: /ləˌvalˈwä/ /-ˈvalˌwä/


[usually as modifier] Archaeology
A flint-working technique associated with the Mousterian culture of the Neanderthals, in which a flint is trimmed so that a flake of predetermined size and shape can be struck from it.



Pronunciation: /ˌlevəˈloizēən/ /ləˌvalˈwäzēən/
Example sentences
  • In addition, about 30 lithic artifacts have been recovered, including scrapers, denticulates, a hand axe, and several Levalloisian stone tools.
  • The introduction of both Levalloisian and retouch techniques made production of these tools possible.
  • Most importantly, the Levalloisian industry resulted in an invention that would change everything that had come before: the spear point.


Early 20th century: named after a suburb of northern Paris.

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Syllabification: Le·val·lois

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