[kley-vuh s, klah-]
noun, plural cla·vi [kley-vahy, -vee] /ˈkleɪ vaɪ, -vi/.
  1. Psychiatry. an intense headache in which the pain is likened to one that would be produced by a sharp object driven into the skull.
  2. (in ancient Rome) a vertical stripe or band of purple worn on the tunic by senators and equites.
  3. Entomology. clavola.

Origin of clavus

1800–10; < Latin: literally, nail; akin to claudere to close Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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[klāvəs, klä-]
n. pl. cla•vi (-vī′)
  1. 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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