[kley-vuh s, klah-]
- Psychiatry. an intense headache in which the pain is likened to one that would be produced by a sharp object driven into the skull.
- (in ancient Rome) a vertical stripe or band of purple worn on the tunic by senators and equites.
- Entomology. clavola.
Origin of clavus
1800–10; < Latin: literally, nail; akin to claudere to close
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Examples from the Web for clavi
The clavi harp is free from all the objections inherent in the ordinary harp.
The external form of the clavi harp resembles that of the harp, and all the cords, or strings, are visible.
It is needless to point out how far, in these respects, the harp is surpassed by the clavi harp.
- 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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