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[kleft] /klɛft/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of cleave2 .
adjective
2.
cloven; split; divided.
3.
(of a leaf, corolla, lobe, or other expanded plant part) having divisions formed by incisions or narrow sinuses that extend more than halfway to the midrib or the base.
Origin of cleft2
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British Dictionary definitions for most-cleft

cleft

/klɛft/
verb
1.
the past tense and a past participle of cleave1
noun
2.
a fissure or crevice
3.
an indentation or split in something, such as the chin, palate, etc
adjective
4.
split; divided
5.
(of leaves) having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
Word Origin
Old English geclyft (n); related to Old High German kluft tongs, German Kluft gap, fissure; see cleave1
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Word Origin and History for most-cleft

cleft

n.

1570s, alteration (by influence of cleft, new weak past participle of cleave (v.1)), of Middle English clift (early 14c.), from Old English geclyft (adj.) "split, cloven," from Proto-Germanic *kluftis (cf. Old High German and German kluft, Danish kløft "cleft"), from PIE *gleubh- (see glyph). In Middle English anatomy, it meant "the parting of the thighs" (early 14c.).

adj.

late 14c., past participle adjective from cleave (v.1)). Cleft palate attested from 1828.

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most-cleft in Medicine

cleft (klěft)
n.
A split or fissure between two parts.

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