"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).

Nearby words

  1. clavicular,
  2. claviculate,
  3. clavicytherium,
  4. clavier,
  5. claviform,
  6. clavipectoral fascia,
  7. clavius,
  8. clavola,
  9. clavus,
  10. claw

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for claviger

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

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

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