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cloven-hoofed

[kloh-vuh n-hoo ft, -hooft]
adjective
  1. having split hoofs, once assumed to represent the halves of a single undivided hoof, as in cattle.
  2. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cloven-hoofed

Historical Examples

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

    Abbe Mouret's Transgression

    Emile Zola

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

    The Lost Continent

    C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne