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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cloven  \Clo"ven\,  p.  p.  &  a. 
  from  {Cleave},  v.  t. 
 
  {To  show  the  cloven  foot}  or  {hoof},  to  reveal  a  devilish 
  character,  or  betray  an  evil  purpose,  notwithstanding 
  disguises,  --  Satan  being  represented  dramatically  and 
  symbolically  as  having  cloven  hoofs. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cleave  \Cleave\  (kl[=e]v),  v.  t.  [imp.  {Cleft}  (kl[e^]ft), 
  {Clave}  (kl[=a]v,  Obs.),  {Clove}  (kl[=o]v,  Obsolescent);  p. 
  p.  {Cleft},  {Cleaved}  (kl[=e]vd)  or  {Cloven}  (kl[=o]"v'n);  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Cleaving}.]  [OE.  cleoven,  cleven,  AS 
  cle['o]fan;  akin  to  OS  klioban  D.  klooven  G.  klieben 
  Icel.  klj[=u]fa,  Sw  klyfva  Dan.  kl["o]ve  and  prob.  to  Gr 
  gly`fein  to  carve,  L.  glubere  to  peel.  Cf  {Cleft}.] 
  1.  To  part  or  divide  by  force;  to  split  or  rive;  to  cut. 
 
  O  Hamlet,  thou  hast  cleft  my  heart  in  twain.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  part  or  open  naturally;  to  divide. 
 
  Every  beast  that  parteth  the  hoof,  and  cleaveth  the 
  cleft  into  two  claws.  --Deut.  xiv. 
  6. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cloven 
  adj  :  used  of  hooves  [syn:  {cleft},  {bisulcate}] 




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