[kley-vuh s, klah-]
- Psychiatry. an intense headache in which the pain is likened to one that would be produced by a sharp object driven into the skull.
- (in ancient Rome) a vertical stripe or band of purple worn on the tunic by senators and equites.
- Entomology. clavola.
Origin of clavus
1800–10; < Latin: literally, nail; akin to claudere to close
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Examples from the Web for clavus
In mediæval times the cross in a circle was sometimes called the “clavus” .Needlework As Art
On his later map Clavus has made up for the want of names in an astonishing way.
I think this is attributing to Clavus rather too much original thought, of which his maps and text do not otherwise give evidence.
It is clavus when there is a strong pulsation, conveying the sensation of a nail piercing the part.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The figures of D. clavus by Albertini and Schweinitz are excellent, as also the description.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
- A condition resulting from healing of a granuloma of the foot in yaws, in which a core falls out, leaving an erosion.
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