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cloven

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cloven (used of hooves) split, divided "bisulcate hoof"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. p. & a Cloven klō"v'n from Cleave v. t.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cloven Divided; parted; split; riven.
    • cloven In heraldry See sarcelled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Cloven clōv′n split: divided
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pa.p. of Cleave, to divide.

Usage

In literature:

In vain did they point to the progress of the slave power, and warn the people that their own liberties were being cloven down.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
The good mule's hoof had cloven the skull.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
But even here the cloven hoof intruded.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
That Power wuz at Pentecost in cloven tongues of flame, and strange voices and words that no man could utter.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
The man turned up the gully leading from the moor to Cloven Rocks.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
He is like a horse, with cloven hoofs, and a short tail.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus
He had no boots on, and what I seized was a cloven hoof.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Each foot stands on a cloven hoof.
"Presentation Pieces in the Museum of History and Technology" by Margaret Brown Klapthor
Darkness and cold were cloven, as through I passed, upborne yet walking too.
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Penrun steered for a tall, cloven peak that towered high above the Trap-Door City.
"Loot of the Void" by Edwin K. Sloat
Black paths were cloven through the midst of the jungle.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The cloven hoof of the Socialist peeps out from a little group.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
I noticed it only because new to me, nor perceived any peculiar beauty in its cloven flower.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
An enormous canyon cloven in the earth, filled with the slowly settling cloud of dust.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
The claws at once betrayed the craft of the cloven foot.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
The Holy Father had a cloven foot!
"Devil Stories" by Various
Husband and wife now really make up, and then the cloven hoof appears.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There was no cloven foot peeping out anywhere.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
The devil wore sometimes boots and sometimes shoes, but ever his feet were cloven, and ever his colour black.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
Devil, cloven foot of, 57.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
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In poetry:

Where, like a nation cloven,
In two our ranks divide:
One half on the high ship's bulwark,
One half by the tender's side;
"The Landing" by Padraic Colum
Faerie maidens he may meet
Fly the horns and cloven feet,
But, his sad brown eyes with wonder
Seeing-stay from their retreat.
"The Satyr" by C S Lewis
For sea and land don't understand,
Nor skies without a frown
See rights for which the one hand fights
By the other cloven down.
"Ode" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
See! the shaggy pelt doth grow
On his twisted shanks below,
And his dreadful feet are cloven
Though his brow be white as snow—
"The Satyr" by C S Lewis
Therefore, in those wastes
None curse the Czar.
Each man's tongue is cloven by
The North Blast, that heweth nigh
With sharp scymitar.
"Siberia" by James Clarence Mangan
I wish you were stricken of thunder
And burnt with a bright flame through,
Consumed and cloven in sunder,
I dead at your feet like you.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

One of the most economically devastating diseases in the world for those who raise cows, sheep, pigs, goats, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals is Foot and Mouth Disease.
Money Savers and Crowd Pleasers With Cloven Hooves.
I am not saying that the Japanese are at heart a militaristic lot but it won't do to ignore what Mishima called the "cloven hoof" in a piece that he wrote at my prompting in late 1969 for The Times.
Still through the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurled.
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