clave definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Archaic cleave or cleave
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- either of a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks that make a hollow sound when struck together, used as a percussion instrument in Latin music: usually used in pl.
- a syncopated rhythm pattern of alternating phrases of three and two beats, used in Latin dance music
clave definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A past tense of cleave1.
A past tense of cleave2.
- A cylindrical hardwood stick used in a pair as a percussion instrument.
- A syncopated two-bar musical pattern.
Origin: American Spanish, from Spanish, keystone, from Latin clāvis, key.