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cloven hoof, cloven foot(noun)
the mark of Satan
cloven foot, cloven hoof(noun)
a hoof divided into two parts at its distal extremity (as of ruminants or swine)
A divided hoof, as on bovine animals.
The mark of the Devil.
A cloven hoof is a hoof split into two toes. This is found on members of the mammalian order Artiodactyla. Examples of mammals that possess this type of hoof are deer and sheep. In folklore and popular culture, a cloven hoof has long been associated with the Devil. The two digits of cloven hoofed animals are homologous to the third and fourth fingers of the hand. They are called claws and are named for their relative location on the foot: the outer, or lateral, claw and the inner, or medial claw. The space between the two claws is called the interdigital cleft; the area of skin is called the interdigital skin. The hard outer covering of the hoof is called the hoof wall, or horn. It is a hard surface, similar to the human fingernail. The almost finger-like dexterity available to cloven hoofed mammals like the Mountain Goat and Mountain Sheep combined with a hard outer shell and soft and flexible inner pads provide excellent traction in their precarious habitats.
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