But the cloven hoof is shown by the omission from the patent of the usual legitimacy clause.
They were cloven, it was true, but the cleavages were great ulcers and livid putrefactions.
Or more roughly, they think the book means that man can be cloven into two creatures, good and evil.
On the rolled, damp surface are the marks of the cloven feet of the swine.
I would have cloven thee into many parts long since but for Fergus.
Those cataracts of cloven earth; they were done by the grace of God.
Lombroso knew a thief whose frontal bone was cloven laterally with a hatchet; in fifteen days he was cured without any relapse.
Yet let us enjoy the cloven flame whilst it glows on our walls.
Two of them were stretched on the ground with cloven skulls, and then the last survivor turned and ran.
The answer came in a savage, squealing scream and the pound of cloven hooves.
"to split," Old English cleofan, cleven, cliven "to split, separate" (class II strong verb, past tense cleaf, past participle clofen), from Proto-Germanic *kleubanan (cf. Old Saxon klioban, Old Norse kljufa, Danish klöve, Dutch kloven, Old High German klioban, German klieben "to cleave, split"), from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (see glyph).
Past tense form clave is recorded in Northern writers from 14c. and was used with both verbs (see cleave (v.2)), apparently by analogy with other Middle English strong verbs. Clave was common to c.1600 and still alive at the time of the KJV; weak past tense cleaved for this verb also emerged in 14c.; cleft is still later. The past participle cloven survives, though mostly in compounds.
"to adhere," Middle English cleven, clevien, cliven, from Old English clifian, cleofian, from West Germanic *klibajanan (cf. Old Saxon klibon, Old High German kliban, Dutch kleven, Old High German kleben, German kleben "to stick, cling, adhere"), from PIE *gloi- "to stick" (see clay). The confusion was less in Old English when cleave (v.1) was a class 2 strong verb; but it has grown since cleave (v.1) weakened, which may be why both are largely superseded by stick (v.) and split (v.).