clove

Cleave \Cleave\ (kl[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Cleft} (kl[e^]ft), {Clave} (kl[=a]v, Obs.), {Clove} (kl[=o]v, Obsolescent); p. p. {Cleft}, {Cleaved} (kl[=e]vd) or {Cloven} (kl[=o]"v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleoven, cleven, AS. cle['o]fan; akin to OS. klioban, D. klooven, G. klieben, Icel. klj[=u]fa, Sw. klyfva, Dan. kl["o]ve and prob. to Gr. gly`fein to carve, L. glubere to peel. Cf. {Cleft}.] 1. To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut. [1913 Webster] O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To part or open naturally; to divide. [1913 Webster] Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws. --Deut. xiv. 6. [1913 Webster]