noun, plural cla·vae [kley-vee, klah-vahy]. /ˈkleɪ vi, ˈklɑ vaɪ/. Entomology.
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In Colymbetes serricornis, a water-beetle, the male has a serrated clava of four joints.
Variations of the kind we are considering are also observable in the clava, or knob, in which antenn often terminate.
The Prickly-fruited sculus has nearly ripened its nut, Zanthoxylon clava herculis, in fruit, a "wild gourd" not in flower.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV|Edwin James
(a) Tentacles filiform; type of Clava (fig. 5), Cordylophora, &c.
The finest examples were at Clava, seven miles from Inverness, where fifty years ago there were eight still in existence.Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders|T. Eric Peet