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Cloots

[klohts] /kloʊts/
noun
1.
Jean Baptiste du Val-de-Grâce
[zhahn ba-teest dy val duh-grahs] /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist dü val dəˈgrɑs/ (Show IPA),
Baron de ("Anacharsis Clootz") 1755–94, Prussian leader in the French Revolution.

cloot

[kloot; Scot. klyt] /klut; Scot. klüt/
noun, Scot. and North England.
1.
a cloven hoof; one of the divisions of the cloven hoof of the swine, sheep, etc.
2.
(usually initial capital letter). Often, Cloots. Satan; the devil.
Origin of cloot
1715-1725
1715-25; perhaps akin to Dutch klauwtje, equivalent to klauw claw + -tje diminutive suffix
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