[klev-is] /ˈklɛv ɪs/

a U -shaped yoke at the end of a chain or rod, between the ends of which a lever, hook, etc., can be pinned or bolted.
the U-shaped component of a shackle for attaching a drawbar to a plough or similar implement

“U-shaped iron bar with holes for a bolt or pin, used as a fastener,” 1590s, of unknown origin, perhaps from the root of cleave (v.2). Also uncertain is whether it is originally a plural or a singular.


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