I don't know if I am missing something rather basic. Why the final f is pronounced in œuf, bœuf, neuf, chef and not in clef ? I guess it has to do with the same pronunciation of clé but still it looks strange to me.

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    Vous devriez trouver votre bonheur en bas de cette page cnrtl.fr/definition/clef qui semble être une des plus fournie du site. Au-delà du f, du z après le e ou de l’absence d'une quatrième lettre, connaître les locutions qui utilisent ce mot éclaire la compréhension du français. – Personne Apr 24 at 21:29

I found something that answers partially to my question. Still no explanation is provided.

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