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imp. & p. p. from Cleave.

 - adj. Divided; split; partly divided or split.

 - (Bot.) Incised nearly to the midrib; as, a cleft leaf.

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

 - (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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