- 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
Origin of claveAmerican Spanish from Sp, keystone from Classical Latin clavis, a key: see close
- One of a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks beaten together as a percussion instrument.
- A syncopated two-bar musical pattern.
Origin of claveAmerican Spanish from Spanish keystone from Latin clāvis key
pair of claves
- (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of cleave