Etymology
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clew (n.)

"ball of thread or yarn," northern English and Scottish relic of Old English cliewen "sphere, ball, skein, ball of thread or yarn," probably from West Germanic *kleuwin (source also of Old Saxon cleuwin, Dutch kluwen), from Proto-Germanic *kliwjo-, perhaps from a PIE *gleu- "gather into a mass, conglomerate," from the source of clay (q.v.). For further sense evolution, see clue (n.).

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Definitions of clew
1
clew (n.)
a ball of yarn or cord or thread;
clew (n.)
evidence that helps to solve a problem;
Synonyms: clue / cue
2
clew (v.)
roll into a ball;
Synonyms: clue
From wordnet.princeton.edu