cloven-hoofed

[ kloh-vuh n-hoo ft, -hooft ]
/ ˈkloʊ vənˈhʊft, -ˈhuft /

adjective

having split hoofs, once assumed to represent the halves of a single undivided hoof, as in cattle.
devilish; Satanic.

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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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Example sentences from the Web for cloven-hoofed

  • And nearer, you could also see a cloven-hoofed faun who had surprised her thus.

  • The cloven-hoofed horse gave one shrill neigh, and one convulsion, and fell back dead.

    The Lost Continent|C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne