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"one who carries a club," c.1600, from Latin claviger (an epithet of Hercules), from clava "club, knotty branch" + stem of gerere "to bear" (see gest).

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  • The claviger testaceus is a small beetle, often met in the dwellings of ants.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • All the species of claviger are confined to Europe, chiefly to the south, but one species, Cl.

  • The art of domesticating the claviger is a stage of civilisation reached by some tribes and not by others.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • The genera Pselaphus and claviger, akin to the above, contain little insects which live as parasites in the nests of ants.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier

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