Pronunciation: (klēr'ing-hous"), [key]
—pl. -hous•esPronunciation: (-hou"ziz). [key]
1. a place or institution where mutual claims and accounts are settled, as between banks.
2. a central institution or agency for the collection, maintenance, and distribution of materials, information, etc. Also,clear'ing house".
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