from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Split; divided.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Divided; parted; split; riven.
- In heraldry See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- past participle from
cleave, v. t.
- past participle to reveal a devilish character, or betray an evil purpose, notwithstanding disguises, -- Satan being represented dramatically and symbolically as having cloven hoofs.
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- verb Past participle of
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective (used of hooves) split, divided
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Therefore some think it was with a rushing mighty wind, and in cloven tongues, as that was.
Spirit was given in cloven tongues as of fire, introduced by a rushing mighty wind, which was very tempestuous, Acts ii.
The Holy Ghost indeed once descended in cloven tongues as of fire, Acts ii.
All creatures that chew the cud have two toes, or are what is called cloven-footed.
For example, if one uses the differentia footed to divide the genus animal, one then uses a differentia such as cloven-footed for the next division.
It may here be noted that the natural electric flame is DUAL or 'cloven' in shape.
Therefore, the bird next to the leader does not follow right behind him in the 'cloven' air, but flies nearly alongside, so that it has the leader in a direct line with its right or left eye at a distance of about two wing-flaps.
This is an old explanation; but your correspondent does not appear to be aware that "cloven" has been rejected by high classical authority, as not being a correct interpretation of the word [Greek: diamerizomenai].
Her eyes widened at the sight of his torn shirt, the front nearly shredded by sharp, cloven hooves.
It also had the legs of a goat, complete with black fur, a short tail, and cloven hooves.