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cloven (adj.)

"divided, split," Old English clofen, past-participle adjective from cleave (v.1). Sometimes shortened to clove, hence clove-hitch (1769), etc. Cloven hoof, characteristic of ruminant quadrupeds (and ascribed in mythology to Pan and the Devil) is from c. 1200.

updated on January 01, 2018

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Definitions of cloven from WordNet

cloven (adj.)
(used of hooves) split, divided;
Synonyms: bisulcate
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