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clave

Updated on: 21 Mar 2018

Definition of clave


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clave

noun \ ˈklä-(ˌ)vā , ˈklāv \

Definition of clave

: one of a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks that are used as a percussion instrument

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Origin and Etymology of clave

American Spanish, from Spanish, keystone, clef, from Latin clavis



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