[kloh-vuh n-hoo ft, -hooft]
- having split hoofs, once assumed to represent the halves of a single undivided hoof, as in cattle.
- devilish; Satanic.
Also clo·ven-foot·ed [kloh-vuh n-foo t-id] /ˈkloʊ vənˈfʊt ɪd/.
Origin of cloven-hoofed
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for cloven-footed
They are, unquestionably, the smallest of all cloven-footed animals.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that shall ye eat.Notes on the Book of Leviticus
C. H. Mackintosh
The skin of cloven-footed birds is unwholsome; of whole-footed birds wholesome, because the water washes all corruption out of em.
The cloven-footed animals which do not ruminate are the hog family.Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus
Steller's sea-cow (Rhytina Stelleri, Cuvier) in a way took the place of the cloven-footed animals among the marine mammalia.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II