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  1. Jean Bap·tiste du Val-de-Grâce [zhahn ba-teest dy val duh-grahs] /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist dü val dəˈgrɑs/, Baron deAnacharsis Clootz, 1755–94, Prussian leader in the French Revolution.
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[kloot; Scot. klyt]
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.
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Origin of cloot

1715–25; perhaps akin to Dutch klauwtje, equivalent to klauw claw + -tje diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples of cloots

  • A friend of Cloots he suffered with him on the scaffold, 24 March, 1794.

    A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations

    Joseph Mazzini Wheeler

  • Cloots stepped into the chapel for no purpose, in mere idle discernment of color and contrast.

  • Cloots arrived as a confident and more or less truly appreciative observer of all these details.

  • Cloots had taken the measure of him months before and once for all, he would have said, in his smoky little village.

  • Yet Cloots saw now with transfixing clarity that he did not know him in the least—could never have known him.