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clave2

[klah-vey]
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noun
  1. one of a pair of wooden sticks or blocks that are held one in each hand and are struck together to accompany music and dancing.

Origin of clave2

1925–30; American Spanish, Spanish: keystone < Latin clāvis key
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Historical Examples

  • The head of the table was occupied by the Reverend when he was at home and by Claves when the Reverend was away.

    The Conquest

    Oscar Micheaux

  • I made no complaint, nor did I write to Claves to inquire why he had ceased writing.

    The Conquest

    Oscar Micheaux

  • But Claves' name was not on the contract for the home, only her father's name appearing.

    The Conquest

    Oscar Micheaux

  • That was on Tuesday following, after Claves had tried every trick and failed to get Ethel away.

    The Conquest

    Oscar Micheaux

  • From Austria the clavichord as it was usually called in those days (because it had claves or keys) went to Italy.

    The Story of Mankind

    Hendrik Van Loon


British Dictionary definitions for claves

clave1

noun
  1. music one of a pair of hardwood sticks struck together to make a hollow sound, esp to mark the beat of Latin-American dance music

Word Origin

C20: from American Spanish, from Latin clavis key

clave2

verb
  1. archaic a past tense of cleave 1

clave3

noun
  1. zoology a clublike thickening at the upper end of an organ, esp of the antenna of an insect

Word Origin

C19: from Latin clāva club
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Word Origin and History for claves

n.

pair of hardwood sticks used in making music, 1928, from American Spanish claves (plural), from Spanish clave "keystone," from Latin clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper