noun(usually claves) Music
One of a pair of hardwood sticks used to make a hollow sound when struck together.
- 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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