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The Academie francais, who had defined clafoutis as a "sort of fruit flan," was faced with protests from the Limoges and changed their definition to "cake with black cherries." Nevertheless, there are numerous variations using red cherries or other fruits. The word comes from the provincial dialect word clafir (to fill).
Source: Larousse Gastronomique
Here is Julia Child's recipe on epicurious.com (her recipe calls for pitted cherries)