Definition of cloven-hoofed in US English:

cloven-hoofed

(also cloven-footed)

adjective

  • 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.’