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cleaver

[klee-ver] /ˈkli vər/
noun
1.
a heavy, broad-bladed knife or long-bladed hatchet, especially one used by butchers for cutting meat into joints or pieces.
2.
a person or thing that cleaves.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English clevere. See cleave2, -er1
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Examples for cleaver
  • Trim off fat and skin from three pounds of beef cut from centre of fillet and flatten with a broad-bladed cleaver.
  • We see the cleaver come down and the hand and the head come off.
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cleaver

/ˈkliːvə/
noun
1.
a heavy knife or long-bladed hatchet, esp one used by butchers
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Word Origin and History for cleaver
cleaver
late 15c., "one who splits," from cleave (1). Meaning "butcher's chopper" is from 1580.
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cleaver in Science
cleaver
  (klē'vər)   
A bifacial stone tool flaked to produce a straight, sharp, relatively wide edge at one end. Cleavers are early core tools associated primarily with the Acheulian tool culture.
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Encyclopedia Article for cleaver

heavy, axlike knife used since the Middle Pleistocene era to cut through animal bone and meat; in modern times the cleaver, generally made of iron or carbon steel, remains a requisite tool of the butcher and a common kitchen implement. The versatility of the cleaver is probably best exemplified by its prominent role in Chinese-style cooking, in which it figures in every step of preparation from chopping firewood to butchering meat to slicing delicate vegetables and even whittling chopsticks. Its flat side is used like a mallet to pound and tenderize meat.

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