simple past tense of cleave1.
Other definitions for clave (2 of 2)
one of a pair of wooden sticks or blocks that are held one in each hand and are struck together to accompany music and dancing.
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How to use clave in a sentence
My tongue, as the Bible expresses it, clave to the roof of my mouth.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls | Various
The magistrate's tongue clave to the roof of his mouth, as the scholar advanced, cap in hand, and bowed to one and the other.The Long Night | Stanley Weyman
Silence had always been easier to them than speech, and the habit clave to them even when they were in love.Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
Wherefore the name clave to the plain from Mac cecht's misery, that is, Mag Brén-guir.
He clave the rock in the wilderness, and caused waters to run down like a river.The Power of Faith | Isabella Graham
British Dictionary definitions for clave (1 of 3)
music one of a pair of hardwood sticks struck together to make a hollow sound, esp to mark the beat of Latin-American dance music
British Dictionary definitions for clave (2 of 3)
archaic a past tense of cleave 1
British Dictionary definitions for clave (3 of 3)
zoology a clublike thickening at the upper end of an organ, esp of the antenna of an insect
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