tocleave

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tocleven, frm Old English tōclēofan (to split apart, cleave asunder), from Proto-Germanic *tōkliubaną (to split apart), equivalent to to- +‎ cleave (to split). Cognate with Old High German zechluiban (to split apart, cleave asunder).

Verb[edit]

tocleave (third-person singular simple present tocleaves, present participle tocleaving, simple past toclove or tocleft or tocleaved, past participle tocloven or tocleft or tocleaved)

  1. (transitive, dialectal, obsolete) To divide; split open; cleave asunder.
  2. (intransitive, dialectal, obsolete) To split apart; break.

References[edit]

  • tocleave in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911