- past participle of the verb to cleave
- split or divided
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CLOVEN, CLEAVE, or CLEFT. A term used for a woman
who passes for a maid, but is not one.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
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
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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