Clo·​vis ˈklō-vəs How to pronounce Clovis (audio)
: of or relating to a widely distributed prehistoric culture of North America characterized by leaf-shaped flint projectile points having fluted sides

Word History


Clovis, New Mexico

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Clovis was in 1956

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“Clovis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Clo·​vis ˈklō-vəs How to pronounce Clovis (audio)
city in central California northeast of Fresno population 95,631
city in eastern New Mexico near the border with Texas population 37,775

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