κλείς

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From Proto-Hellenic *klāwī́ds, from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂u- (nail, pin, hook - instruments, of old use for locking doors). Cognate with Latin clāvus (nail, pin), Old Church Slavonic ключь (ključĭ, key).

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Noun[edit]

κλείς (kleísf (genitive κλειδός); third declension

  1. bar, bolt
    1. a catch or hook passed through the door from the outside to catch the strap attached to the bar
    2. key
    3. (figuratively) a means to something; key
  2. hook or tongue of a clasp
    1. stopcock
  3. (anatomy) collarbone (probably so called from its hook shape)
  4. (in the plural) rowing bench of a ship
  5. narrow strait, promontory or pass
  6. (in the plural) sacred chaplets
  7. (poetry) clausula, cadence

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