One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
See cloven hoof
- ‘The showpiece agricultural event was cancelled two years ago because of the outbreak, and continued restrictions last year led to the absence of cloven-hoofed animals.’
- ‘Moments before the deed, she sees an image of evil, black against the white snows of winter: a menacing, cloven-hoofed goat.’
- ‘And he was filled with images of fire and brimstone and a cloven-hoofed man-beast.’
- ‘Foot-and-mouth disease - which strikes cloven-hoofed animals such as sheep, pigs and cows - is easily spread among afflicted animals and can also become airborne.’
- ‘Restrictions last year led to the absence of cloven-hoofed animals but this time cattle, sheep and goats are all returning.’
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