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cleave
used in Romeo and Juliet

only 1 use
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Definition
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
  •   Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead! stabbed with a white wench's black eye; shot through the ear with a love song;
      the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy's butt-shaft: and is he a man to encounter Tybalt?
    2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — A Street (8% in)
cleft = split

(editor's note:  Cleft is the past tense of cleave like left is past tense of leave.)
There are no more uses of "cleave" in Romeo and Juliet.

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