Cleft (?), imp. & p. p.

from Cleave.

 

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Cleft, a.

1.

Divided; split; partly divided or split.

2. Bot.

Incised nearly to the midrob; as, a cleft leaf.

 

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Cleft, n. [OE. clift; cf. Sw. klyft cave, den, Icel. kluft cleft, Dan. kloft, G. kluft. See Cleave to split and cf. 2d Clift, 1st Clough.]

1.

A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock.

Is. ii. 21.

2.

A piece made by splitting; as, a cleft of wood.

3. Far.

A disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.

Branchial clefts. See under Branchial.

Syn. -- Crack; crevice; fissure; chink; cranny.

 

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