from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Archaic A past tense of cleave1.
- v. Archaic A past tense of cleave2.
- n. A cylindrical hardwood stick used in a pair as a percussion instrument.
- n. A syncopated two-bar musical pattern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of cleave.
- n. One half of a set of claves, a percussion instrument consisting of two sticks, one of which is used to strike the other.
- n. A characteristic pattern of beats, especially the 3-2 son clave.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of cleave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Obsolete preterit of cleave or cleave.
- n. A kind of stool used by ship-carpenters.
- n. A graft; a scion.
American Spanish, from Spanish, keystone, from Latin clāvis, key.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish clave, from Latin clāvis ("key"). (Wiktionary)