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Of or relating to a western European stage in Lower Paleolithic culture, characterized by a distinctive method of striking off flake tools from pieces of stone.

[After Levallois-Perret, city in north-central France.]
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(ˌlɛvəˈlɔɪzɪən) or


(Anthropology & Ethnology) 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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(ˌlɛv əˈlɔɪ zi ən, -ʒən)

also Le•val•lois

(ləˈvæl wɑ)

of or designating a late Lower and Middle Paleolithic method of striking sharp-edged flake tools from a prepared stone core.
[1930–35; Levallois (-Perret) + -ian]
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Belonging to a Stone Age culture in western Europe, in which people made tools from flint by striking off flakes to give one flat side and one domed side.
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The cave sediment levels that included the two axes also held what some archaeologists believe may be small tools made using the so-called Levallois technique of shaping stone, known to have existed in Europe only about 300,000 years ago.