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17th century, from Schlüssel (“key”) + Bein (“bone”), after Latin clavicula (literally “little key”). Compare Dutch sleutelbeen, Swedish nyckelben, Czech klíční kost, etc., some of which may be loan translations of the German.
Declension of Schlüsselbein
1Now uncommon, see notes
- Klavikula (medicine only)
- Schlüsselbein in Duden online