An example of clevis is what is used to attach a trailer hitch to a vehicle.
Origin of clevis
- 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
- 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).