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cleavers

/kliyvaz/ [cf. W3 clave /klávey/ Am. Sp. keystone "one of a pair of cylindrical wooden sticks used as percussion instruments by being struck together while being held in cupped hands"; cf. also OED "marrow bones and cleavers: freq. referred to as instruments of 'rough music'"]

n. claves; two wooden sticks struck together as a percussion instrument: 1978 (Bethel 31). (Inagua, Mayag)

Tags: music, noun

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Last update: 2011-01-02 16:05
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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