cleofan

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kleubaną, from Proto-Indo-European *glewbʰ- (cut, carve). Germanic cognates include Old Saxon kliovan, Middle Dutch clieven (Dutch klieven), Old High German klioban, Old Norse kljúfa.The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek γλυφειν (gluphein, hollow out), Latin glubere (excoriate), Russian глубокий (glubokij, deep).

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Verb[edit]

clēofan

  1. to cleave, to split
    Bordweall clufon aforan Eadweardes. Edward’s sons clove the shield-wall. (Anglo-Saxon Chronicles)

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