clave

2
[klah-vey]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. clava,
  2. clavacin,
  3. clavae,
  4. clavate,
  5. clavately,
  6. claver,
  7. claves,
  8. clavicembalo,
  9. clavichord,
  10. clavicle

Origin of clave

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1925–30; American Spanish, Spanish: keystone < Latin clāvis key

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British Dictionary definitions for claves

clave

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noun

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

Word Origin for clave

C20: from American Spanish, from Latin clavis key

clave

2

verb

archaic a past tense of cleave 1

clave

3

noun

zoology a clublike thickening at the upper end of an organ, esp of the antenna of an insect

Word Origin for clave

C19: from Latin clāva club

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Word Origin and History for claves

claves

n.

pair of hardwood sticks used in making music, 1928, from American Spanish claves (plural), from Spanish clave "keystone," from Latin clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)).

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