clavis
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈklæv.ɪs/
Noun

clavis (plural clavises or claves)

  1. (archaeology) A Roman key.
    • 1873, "Proceedings", April 9th, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 29: 202
      Iron clavis, the solid web-shaped at the edges to fit the wards in the lock, and having a pointed broach and a kite-formed looped haft.
  2. A device for restraint of the hands.
    • 1904, Luther V. Bell, quoted in The Arena, 32: 540
      His hands were restrained by means of a clavis and bolt (of iron), appropriated to each wrist, and united by a padlock.
  3. A glossary.
    • 1784, William Cowper, in [1836] Robert Southey (ed.), The Works of William Cowper, with a Life of the Author, volume V, page 54
      Homer, with a clavis, I have had possession of some years.
  4. (biology) A key; an identification guide; a series of logically organized groups of discriminating information which aims to allow the user to correctly identify a taxon.
    • 1921, Journal of Botany 59: 180
      There are many disadvantages in using a clavis intended for another country, which necessarily includes plants that are absent from our islands while it omits some that are present and neglects the peculiarities of our island flora.
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