There are 2 definitions of clave in English:


Syllabification: clave
Pronunciation: /klāv


(usually claves) Music
One of a pair of hardwood sticks used to make a hollow sound when struck together.
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  • The mic was also nice on wooden percussion - claves, castanets, etc. - and hand claps and finger snaps.
  • These three main patterns are amplified by turtle shells, claves, timbales, bongos, congas, maracas and tambourines.
  • Musicians will demonstrate bomba and plena, and give a group lesson on the claves - wooden sticks that are the backbone of Latin rhythms.


1920s: from Latin American Spanish, from Spanish clave 'keystone', from Latin clavis 'key'.

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There are 2 definitions of clave in English:


Syllabification: clave
Pronunciation: /
Archaic past of cleave2.

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