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1. A heavy, broad-bladed knife or hatchet used especially by butchers.
2. Archaeology A bifacial core tool flaked to produce a straight sharp edge at one end.


(Cookery) a heavy knife or long-bladed hatchet, esp one used by butchers


(ˈkli vər)

1. a heavy broad-bladed knife or long-bladed hatchet, esp. one used by butchers for cutting meat into joints or pieces.
2. a person or thing that cleaves.


(ˈkli vər)
(Leroy) Eldridge, 1935–98, civil rights activist and writer.


Regional name for Hot and Cold sets. More often, a butcher’s implement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cleaver - a butcher's knife having a large square bladecleaver - a butcher's knife having a large square blade
knife - edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
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[ˈkliːvəʳ] Ncuchilla f de carnicero


[ˈkliːvər] n (= knife) → fendoir m, couperet m


nHackbeil nt


[ˈkliːvəʳ] nmannaia
meat cleaver (Culin) → marrancio


(kliːv) past tense cleft (kleft) cleaved, ~clove (klouv) : past participles cleft, ~cloven (ˈklouvn) verb
to split or divide.
ˈcleavage (-vidʒ) noun
1. the act of splitting; a split.
2. the split between a woman's breasts.
ˈcleaver noun
a butcher's knife.
cloven hoof, cleft hoof
a hoof, like those of cows, sheep etc, which has a split up the centre.
References in classic literature ?
Beside this range was a butcher block upon which lay a great cleaver with a keen edge.
His cleaver had a blade about two feet long, and he never made but one cut; he made it so neatly, too, that his implement did not smite through and dull itself--there was just enough force for a perfect cut, and no more.
Next, he opened his stall and spread his meat upon the bench, then, taking his cleaver and steel and clattering them together, he trolled aloud in merry tones:
Abdul Aziz, absolute lord of the Ottoman empire--clad in dark green European clothes, almost without ornament or insignia of rank; a red Turkish fez on his head; a short, stout, dark man, black-bearded, black- eyed, stupid, unprepossessing--a man whose whole appearance somehow suggested that if he only had a cleaver in his hand and a white apron on, one would not be at all surprised to hear him say: "A mutton roast today, or will you have a nice porterhouse steak?
The leading nigger had armed himself with a cleaver from the galley, and he grimaced like an ape as he prepared to slice me down.
were: "Sir Thomas Holt hath taken a cleaver and stricken his cook
As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the passage, and I saw the lean figure of Colonel Lysander Stark rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a butcher's cleaver in the other.
Knife and cleaver had been left behind, but Brentwood still had his hands, and over and over on the ground he rolled with the poor little calf as he throttled it.
Holding this shield before him, Ajax son of Telamon came close up to Hector, and menaced him saying, "Hector, you shall now learn, man to man, what kind of champions the Danaans have among them even besides lion-hearted Achilles cleaver of the ranks of men.
There goes my chance of promotion," Garthwaite laughed, as a woman bore down on the wounded man, brandishing a butcher's cleaver.
He had early learned that it was wise to get along well with sea-cooks, since sea-cocks were notoriously given to going suddenly lunatic and slicing and hacking up their shipmates with butcher knives and meat cleavers on the slightest remembered provocation.
They were ready for a dance in half a second (Meg and Richard at the top); and the Drum was on the very brink of feathering away with all his power; when a combination of prodigious sounds was heard outside, and a good-humoured comely woman of some fifty years of age, or thereabouts, came running in, attended by a man bearing a stone pitcher of terrific size, and closely followed by the marrow-bones and cleavers, and the bells; not THE Bells, but a portable collection on a frame.