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Meaning of clavus

cla•vus

Pronunciation: (klā'vus, klä'-), [key]
— pl. -vi
  1. an intense headache in which the pain is likened to one that would be produced by a sharp object driven into the skull.
  2. (in ancient Rome) a vertical stripe or band of purple worn on the tunic by senators and equites.
  3. clavola.
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