Pronunciation: (kleft),[key] —n. 1. a space or opening made by cleavage; a split.
2. a division formed by cleaving.
3. a hollow area or indentation: a chin with a cleft. 4. Vet. Pathol.a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse.
Pronunciation: (kleft),[key] —v. a pt. and pp. of cleave2.
—adj. 1. cloven; split; divided.
2. (of a leaf, corolla, lobe, or other expanded plant part) having divisions formed by incisions or narrow sinuses that extend more than halfway to the midrib or the base.