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cleofan

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Old English

Etymology

Proto-Germanic *klebjan, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰleub- (cut, carve). Germanic cognates include Old Saxon klioƀan (Dutch klieven), Old High German klioban (German klieben), Old Norse kljúfa (Swedish klyva). The IE root is also the source of Greek γλυφειν ‘hollow out’, Latin glubere ‘excoriate’, Old Church Slavonic glǫbok’ (Russian глубокий ‘deep’, compare globok).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkleːovɑn/

Verb

clēofan

  1. to cleave, to split
    Bordweall clufon aforan Eadweardes. Edward’s sons clove the shield-wall. (Anglo-Saxon Chronicles)

Conjugation

Class II strong
present singular plural
1st person clēofe clēofaþ
2nd person clēofest
3rd person clēofeþ
subjunctive clēofe clēofen
preterite singular plural
1st person clēaf clufon
2nd person clufe
3rd person clēaf
subjunctive clufe clufen
imperative singular plural
clēof clēofaþ
participle present past
clēofende (ġe)clofen


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