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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
1925-1930
1925-30; American Spanish, Spanish: keystone < Latin clāvis key
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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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Encyclopedia Article for claves

percussion instrument, a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks about 8 inches (20 centimetres) long and one inch (2 12 centimetres) in diameter, one of which is held in the player's fingertips over the cupped hand (a resonator). When struck together they produce a sharp ringing sound

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