cleaver definition

  • noun:
    • huge, broad-bladed blade or hatchet made use of specially by butchers.
    • Archaeology A bifacial core tool flaked to make a straight razor-sharp advantage at one end.
    • A squarish, heavy blade used by butchers for hacking through bones etc
    • one that cleaves, or what cleaves; especially, a butcher's instrument for cutting animal bodies into joints or pieces.
    • what cleaves or sticks.
    • See cleavers, 1.
    • One who or that which cleaves or splits. Particularly
    • much knife or long-bladed hatchet employed by butchers for cutting carcasses into bones or pieces.
    • A cutting-tool with a sharp side, used in place of a wedge for splitting wood.
    • a butcher's blade having a big square knife

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