Words beginning with “cl”

The sound “cl” implies two or more things that
cluster together because they are very close.
They might share a hinge or symmetry or
stickiness.

clams
clap
clamp

claws

climb

clay

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Words beginning with “cl”

Partially cut, or
the thing that
cuts, is what
“cl” is about.

cliff

cleaver
clarinet
golf club

cleft

clover

clove

cloven hoof

club

clubs

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Words beginning with “cl”

clever
clods of dirt

cloud
clear

clean

clown
clothes closet
clothes

cloak
Clothes clothe one with
cloth, but one pronounces
“clothes” as “cloze,”
perhaps because they
enclose one’s body.
“Clod” and “clever” are
conceptual opposites, as
are “cloudy” and “clear.”

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What other words start with “cl”?

A _ _assroom is where students learn. A health
_ _inic is where patients get better.
A _ _ipboard is where a
sign-up sheet might be kept.

Sometimes “global
warming” is called
“_ _imate change.”

A_ _ock keeps
track of time
with a _ _icking
sound, _ _ipping
our lives shorter
each second.

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