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A past participle of cleave1.
Split; divided.


a past participle of cleave1
split; cleft; divided


(ˈkloʊ vən)

1. a pp. of cleave 2.
2. cleft; split; divided: the cloven hoof of a goat.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cloven - (used of hooves) split, dividedcloven - (used of hooves) split, divided; "bisulcate hoof"
divided - separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided"


adjective split, divided, cleft, bisected The tracks were made by an animal with a cloven hoof.
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He gave the word; and still gazing round him, was steadily lowered through the cloven blue air to the deck.
This gorge--along whose bottom pours the swift Neckar-- is confined between (or cloven through) a couple of long, steep ridges, a thousand feet high and densely wooded clear to their summits, with the exception of one section which has been shaved and put under cultivation.
The cloven halves were not broken from each other, for the firm base and strong roots kept them unsundered below; though community of vitality was destroyed--the sap could flow no more: their great boughs on each side were dead, and next winter's tempests would be sure to fell one or both to earth: as yet, however, they might be said to form one tree--a ruin, but an entire ruin.
I myself saw you struck down by the fierce Templar towards the end of the storm at Torquilstone, and as I thought, and Wamba reported, your skull was cloven through the teeth.
As they have cloven feet, they sometimes strike up the stones when they run, which gave occasion to the notion that they threw stones at the hunters, a relation equally to be credited with those of their eating fire and digesting iron.
But close behind him, with a fiendish laugh on his features, appeared a figure with horns, a tufted tail, and a cloven hoof.
There will be no such thing as living with him—they are both bad shots though, mere chance—mere chance—now, I never fired twice at a cloven foot in my life—it is hit or miss with me—dead or run away-had it been a bear, or a wild-cat, a man might have wanted both barrels.
The water seemed to widen and split, being cloven by the dark wedge of a fish-shaped and wooded islet.
In the last few minutes the butler had shed his wings and grown horns, cloven feet, and a forked tail.
It was ribbed with sharp, steep ridges and cloven with narrow canyons, and here and there on the heights, rocky upheavals shaped themselves into mimic battlements and castles; and out of rifted clouds came broad shafts of sunlight, that painted summit, and slope and glen, with bands of fire, and left belts of somber shade between.
Across the Tanner's shoulders was slung his stout quarterstaff, ever near enough to him to be gripped quickly, and on his head was a cap of doubled cowhide, so tough that it could hardly be cloven even by a broadsword.
They are for the use of horses, but they are shaped below with a cloven foot of iron, so as to throw pursuers off the track.