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Borrowed from Middle French clavicule, from Latin clāvicula (a small key), diminutive of clāvis (a key).


  • IPA(key): /ˈklæv.ɪk.əl/, /ˈklæv.ɪk.l̩/
  • Rhymes: -ævɪkəl
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clavicle (plural clavicles)

  1. (anatomy) The collarbone; the prominent bone at the top of the chest between the shoulder and the neck connecting the shoulder and the breastbone.
    Synonym: collarbone
    • 2022 June 28, Cassidy Hutchinson, 0:47 from the start, in Secret Service officials: Agents willing to dispute Trump SUV incident under oath[1], CNN:
      Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel, and, when Mr. Ornato had recounted the story to me, he had motioned towards his clavicles.
    • 2022, Ling Ma, “Yeti Lovemaking”, in Bliss Montage, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN:
      And you worked a lot too. You were thin from biking around all day; your protruding clavicles collected rainwater.
  2. (obsolete, conchology) The upper part of a spiral shell.
    • 1752, John Hill, “Voluta”, in An History of Animals. [], London: Printed for Thomas Osborne, [], →OCLC, page 137:
      The Voluta is a ſimple ſhell, having no hinge, formed of one piece, and of a figure approaching to conic, but short; the clavicle being uſually depreſſed, in all very ſhort: the mouth is long, perpendicular, and narrow: the animal inhabiting this ſhell is a limax.

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