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cleave
used in Oryx and Crake

2 uses
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Definition
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
  • Through the clefts in the overhead greenery he can see a handful of vultures, circling idly in the sky.
    p. 223.9
  • If he burst out of the bushes in his filthy tattered sheet, reeking, hairy, tumescent, leering like a goat-balled, cloven-hoofed satyr or a patch-eyed buccaneer from some ancient pirate film — Aarr, me hearties! and attempted to join the amorous, blue-bottomed tussle?
    p. 169.4

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