cleaver

noun cleav·er \ ˈklē-vər \

Definition of cleaver

1 :one that cleaves; especially :a butcher's implement for cutting animal carcasses into joints or pieces
2 :a prehistoric stone tool having a sharp edge at one end

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First Known Use of cleaver

15th century


CLEAVER Defined for English Language Learners

cleaver

noun

Definition of cleaver for English Language Learners

  • : a heavy knife with a wide blade used for cutting up large pieces of meat


CLEAVER Defined for Kids

cleaver

noun cleav·er \ ˈklē-vər \

Definition of cleaver for Students

:a heavy knife used for cutting up meat


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