cloven foot


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cloven foot a hoof divided into two parts at its distal extremity (as of ruminants or swine)
    • n cloven foot the mark of Satan
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In literature:

But it is always easy to recognize the cloven foot.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
They can't hide The cloven foot of malice, the false faitours!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, March 25, 1893" by Various
The Hyperion head of Poe was lost to the view of many by a too persistent search for the satyr's cloven foot.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
Then the cloven foot appeared in the shape of a note-book.
"Humour of the North" by Lawrence J. Burpee
Probably you expected a devil with horns and a cloven foot, as the cowardly age has depicted him.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
The cloven foot, because of its division, is weak.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
To be on familiar terms with one's servants shows the cloven foot of vulgarity.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
He and his horse had vanished, and John Louder, seizing a firebrand, searched the ground for the print of a cloven foot.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
However, it seems a man must have either ass's ears or a cloven foot; and, soon or late, most of us expect to find our hero in Bottom's predicament.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
You might be sure there was a British cloven foot in it somewhere.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske

In news:

One of the most economically devastating diseases in the world for those who raise cows, sheep, pigs, goats, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals is Foot and Mouth Disease.