claves

clave

2 [klah-vey]
noun
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:
1925–30; American Spanish, Spanish: keystone < Latin clāvis key

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clave1 (kleɪv, klɑːv)
 
n
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
 
[C20: from American Spanish, from Latin clavis key]

clave2 (kleɪv)
 
vb
archaic a past tense of cleave

clave3 (kleɪv)
 
n
zoology a clublike thickening at the upper end of an organ, esp of the antenna of an insect
 
[C19: from Latin clāva club]

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cleave
"to split," O.E. cleofan "to split, separate" (class II strong verb, past tense cleaf, past participle clofen), from P.Gmc. *kleubanan, from PIE base *gleubh- "to cut, slice." Past tense form clave is recorded in Northern writers from 14c. and was used with both verbs (see
cleave (2)), apparently by analogy with other ME strong verbs. Common to c.1600 and still alive at the time of the King James Bible; weak p.t. cleaved also emerged in 14c. for this verb; cleft is still later. The p.p. cloven survives, though mostly in compounds.

cleave
"to adhere," O.E. clifian, from W.Gmc. *klibajanan, from PIE *gloi- "to stick." The confusion was less in O.E. when cleave (1) was a class 2 strong verb and cleave (2) a class 1 verb; but it has grown since cleave (1) weakened, which may be why both are largely superseded by stick and split.
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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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