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[kley-vuh s, klah-] /ˈkleɪ vəs, ˈklɑ-/
noun, plural clavi
[kley-vahy, -vee] /ˈkleɪ vaɪ, -vi/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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clavus cla·vus (klā'vəs, klä'-)
n. pl. cla·vi (-vī')

  1. See corn.

  2. 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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