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[kley-vuh, klah-]
noun, plural cla·vae [kley-vee, klah-vahy] /ˈkleɪ vi, ˈklɑ vaɪ/. Entomology.
  1. the two or more enlarged distal segments that form the bulbous end of a clavate antenna.
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Origin of clava

From the Late Latin word clāva staff, club
Related formscla·val, adjective
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Historical Examples of clava

  • Variations of the kind we are considering are also observable in the clava, or knob, in which antenn often terminate.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • The finest examples were at Clava, seven miles from Inverness, where fifty years ago there were eight still in existence.

  • (a) Tentacles filiform; type of Clava (fig. 5), Cordylophora, &c.

  • The Prickly-fruited sculus has nearly ripened its nut, Zanthoxylon clava herculis, in fruit, a "wild gourd" not in flower.