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A past tense of cleave1.
A past tense of cleave2.
1. One of a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks beaten together as a percussion instrument.
2. A syncopated two-bar musical pattern.
[American Spanish, from Spanish, keystone, from Latin clāvis, key.]
(Instruments) music one of a pair of hardwood sticks struck together to make a hollow sound, esp to mark the beat of Latin-American dance music
[C20: from American Spanish, from Latin clavis key]
archaic a past tense of cleave1
(Zoology) zoology a clublike thickening at the upper end of an organ, esp of the antenna of an insect
[C19: from Latin clāva club]
Archaic. pt. of cleave 1.
one of a pair of hand-held wooden sticks or blocks that are struck together to accompany music and dancing.
[1925–30; American Spanish, Sp: keystone < Latin clāvis key]