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clave2

[klah-vey] /ˈklɑ veɪ/
noun
1.
one of a pair of wooden sticks or blocks that are held one in each hand and are struck together to accompany music and dancing.
Origin of clave2
1925-1930
1925-30; American Spanish, Spanish: keystone < Latin clāvis key
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  • That was the last letter I received from claves, and when I heard from my wife again, it was altogether different.

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  • But claves' name was not on the contract for the home, only her father's name appearing.

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  • The head of the table was occupied by the Reverend when he was at home and by claves when the Reverend was away.

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  • I made no complaint, nor did I write to claves to inquire why he had ceased writing.

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  • During the conversation with claves he told me he kept up the house, paid all the grocery bills, and half the payments.

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  • From Austria the clavichord as it was usually called in those days (because it had claves or keys) went to Italy.

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  • I wore a Prince Albert coat and trousers to match which belonged to claves and were too small and tight, making me uncomfortable.

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  • claves had borrowed five dollars from his brother when they went on the wedding trip, to pay for a taxi to the depot.

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  • A few minutes later her mother called me, saying claves wanted to talk to me.

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  • Clavel-tack, a mantel-piece, a place where keys (claves) are kept, a shelf for keys.

British Dictionary definitions for claves

clave1

/kleɪv; klɑːv/
noun
1.
(music) one of a pair of hardwood sticks struck together to make a hollow sound, esp to mark the beat of Latin-American dance music
Word Origin
C20: from American Spanish, from Latin clavis key

clave2

/kleɪv/
verb
1.
(archaic) a past tense of cleave1

clave3

/kleɪv/
noun
1.
(zoology) a clublike thickening at the upper end of an organ, esp of the antenna of an insect
Word Origin
C19: from Latin clāva club
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Word Origin and History for claves
n.

pair of hardwood sticks used in making music, 1928, from American Spanish claves (plural), from Spanish clave "keystone," from Latin clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)).

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