WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
clave1  (klāv), 
v. [Archaic.]

    pt. of cleave. 

cla•ve2  (klävā), 
n. 

    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.
Etymology:
  • Latin clāvis key
  • American Spanish, Spanish: keystone 1925–30


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

clave /kleɪv; klɑːv/ n
  1. one of a pair of hardwood sticks struck together to make a hollow sound, esp to mark the beat of Latin-American dance music
Etymology: 20th Century: from American Spanish, from Latin clavis key
clave /kleɪv/ vb
  1. archaic
    a past tense of cleave1



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