cleavability

cleavable

[klee-vuh-buhl]
adjective
capable of being cleft or split.

Origin:
1840–50; cleave2 + -able

cleavability, noun
uncleavable, adjective
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cleave1 (kliːv)
 
vb (when intr, foll by through) , cleaves, cleaving, cleft, cleaved, clove, cleft, cleaved, cloven
1.  to split or cause to split, esp along a natural weakness
2.  (tr) to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path
3.  to penetrate or traverse
 
[Old English clēofan; related to Old Norse kljūfa, Old High German klioban, Latin glūbere to peel]
 
'cleavable1
 
adj
 
cleava'bility1
 
n

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