Clavis vs Conclave - What's the difference?

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Clavis is a related term of conclave.

As nouns the difference between clavis and conclave

is that clavis is (archaeology) a roman key while conclave is the set of apartments within which the cardinals of the roman catholic church are continuously secluded while engaged in choosing a pope.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (archaeology) A Roman key.
  • * 1873', "Proceedings", April 9th, ''Journal of the British Archaeological Association'', ' 29 : 202
  • Iron clavis , the solid web-shaped at the edges to fit the wards in the lock, and having a pointed broach and a kite-formed looped haft.
  • A device for restraint of the hands.
  • * 1904', Luther V. Bell, quoted in ''The Arena'', ' 32 : 540
  • His hands were restrained by means of a clavis'' and ''bolt (of iron), appropriated to each wrist, and united by a padlock.
  • A glossary.
  • * 1784 , William Cowper, in'' [1836] Robert Southey (ed.), ''The Works of William Cowper, with a Life of the Author , volume V, page 54
  • Homer, with a clavis , I have had possession of some years.
  • (biology) A key; an identification guide; a series of logically organized groups of discriminating information which aims to allow the user to correctly identify a taxon.
  • * 1921', ''Journal of Botany'' ' 59 : 180
  • There are many disadvantages in using a clavis intended for another country, which necessarily includes plants that are absent from our islands while it omits some that are present and neglects the peculiarities of our island flora.


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    (en noun)
  • The set of apartments within which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are continuously secluded while engaged in choosing a pope.
  • The group of Roman Catholic cardinals locked in a conclave until they elect a new pope; the body of cardinals.
  • * (Robert South)
  • It was said a cardinal, by reason of his apparent likelihood to step into St. Peter's chair, that in two conclaves he went in pope and came out again cardinal.
  • A private meeting; a close or secret assembly.
  • * (Thomas Babington Macaulay)
  • The verdicts pronounced by this conclave (Johnson's Club) on new books, were speedily known over all London.

    Derived terms

    * in conclave: engaged in a secret meeting; said of a group of people.