[ kley-vuh s, klah- ]
/ ˈkleɪ vəs, ˈklɑ- /

noun, plural cla·vi [kley-vahy, -vee] /ˈkleɪ vaɪ, -vi/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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[ klāvəs, klä- ]

n. pl. cla•vi (-vī′)

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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