"one who carries a club," c.1600, from Latin claviger (an epithet of Hercules), from clava "club, knotty branch" + stem of gerere "to bear" (see gest).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for claviger

Historical Examples of claviger

  • The Claviger testaceus is a small beetle, often met in the dwellings of ants.

  • All the species of Claviger are confined to Europe, chiefly to the south, but one species, Cl.

  • The art of domesticating the Claviger is a stage of civilisation reached by some tribes and not by others.

  • The genera Pselaphus and Claviger, akin to the above, contain little insects which live as parasites in the nests of ants.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier