Other Word Forms of Clevis
Origin of Clevis
First attested in 1590s. Origin unknown; probably derived from the verb "to cleave". If so, the word ultimately may stem from Scandinavian: cf. Old Norse kljufa (to split).
From clevi possibly of Scandinavian origin Old Norse klofi cleft gleubh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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