cloven hoof


Definition of cloven hoof

1 : a foot (as of a sheep) divided into two parts at its distal extremity
2 [from the traditional representation of Satan as cloven-hoofed] : the sign of devilish character

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Other Words from cloven hoof

cloven-hoofed \ ˈklō-​vən-​ˌhu̇ft How to pronounce cloven hoof (audio) , -​ˌhüft , -​ˌhu̇vd , -​ˌhüvd \ adjective

Examples of cloven hoof in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This story has everything: cloven hooves on the run, a major urban city, an air of mystery—and all without animal carnage or service interruptions? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Story of Two Runaway Goats Has a Ridiculously Happy Ending," 21 Aug. 2018 Their bodies are built for harsh desert conditions, from their cloven hooves and extra-long eyelashes to their cactus-chewing mouths. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "This is How Camels Can Eat Spikey Cacti," 30 May 2018 In contrast, cloven hooves are an external characteristic. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "The rationale for the dietary laws," 9 Apr. 2018 To the Jewish-controlled press: as a creature with horns, a cloven hoof, and a long tail. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "When Nazis rallied in Manhattan, one working-class Jewish man from Brooklyn took them on," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cloven hoof

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cloven hoof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cloven hoof

: a foot of some animals (such as sheep, goats, or cows) that is divided into two parts

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Kids Definition of cloven hoof

: a hoof (as of a sheep or cow) with the front part divided into two sections

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Other Words from cloven hoof

cloven-hoofed \ -​ˈhu̇ft How to pronounce cloven hoof (audio) , -​ˈhüft How to pronounce cloven hoof (audio) , -​ˈhu̇vd , -​ˈhüvd \ adjective

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