- one of a pair of hardwood sticks struck together to make a hollow sound, esp to mark the beat of Latin-American dance music
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
pt. of cleave.
Music and Danceone of a pair of wooden sticks or blocks that are held one in each hand and are struck together to accompany music and dancing.
- Latin clāvis key
- American Spanish, Spanish: keystone 1925–30
a past tense of cleave1