noun Date: 15th century 1. one that cleaves; especially a butcher's implement for cutting animal carcasses into joints or pieces 2. a prehistoric stone tool having a sharp edge at one end

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  • Cleaver — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Alice Cleaver (1889–1984), englisches Kindermädchen Blade Cleaver (* 1992), kanadischer Geschwindigkeitsskifahrer Eldridge Cleaver (1935–1998), US amerikanischer Schriftsteller Emanuel Cleaver (* 1944), US …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cleaver — Cleav er, n. One who cleaves, or that which cleaves; especially, a butcher s instrument for cutting animal bodies into joints or pieces. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cleaver — late 15c., one who splits, agent noun from CLEAVE (Cf. cleave) (1). Originally one who splits boards with a wedge instead of sawing; attested as a surname from early 14c. Meaning butcher s chopper is from 1570s …   Etymology dictionary

  • cleaver — ► NOUN ▪ a tool with a heavy broad blade, used for chopping meat …   English terms dictionary

  • cleaver — [klēv′ər] n. [ CLEAVE1 + ER] a heavy cutting tool with a broad blade, used by butchers …   English World dictionary

  • Cleaver — The word cleaver has a number of uses: Contents 1 Implement or device 2 In nature 3 People 4 Fictional characters 5 …   Wikipedia

  • cleaver — /klee veuhr/, n. 1. a heavy, broad bladed knife or long bladed hatchet, esp. one used by butchers for cutting meat into joints or pieces. 2. a person or thing that cleaves. [1325 75; ME clevere. See CLEAVE2, ER1] * * * ▪ tool       heavy, axlike… …   Universalium

  • Cleaver — I Cleaver   [ kliːvə, englisch] der, s/ , Spaltkeil, Steinwerkzeug der frühen Altsteinzeit mit breiter Schneide und keilförmigem Längsschnitt; tritt meist zusammen mit Faustkeilen auf. II Cleaver   [ kliːvə], Leroy Eldridge …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Cleaver — This interesting name, with the variants Cleever and Clover, has two possible origins. The first being an official title for a mace bearer. The clavia, mace, or staff was an ensign of authority borne before magistrates. All the early recordings… …   Surnames reference

  • cleaver — n. a butcher s; meat cleaver * * * [ kliːvə] meat cleaver a butcher s …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cleaver — [[t]kli͟ːvə(r)[/t]] cleavers N COUNT A cleaver is a knife with a large square blade, used for chopping meat or vegetables. ...a meat cleaver …   English dictionary

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