Origin of English word CLEAVER

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Hebrew Word







[ KH-L-F]


Anglo-Saxon cleofan is the source of CLEAVE (to cut, slice); further etymons like Indo-European base gleubhare more related to the cutting a barber ( גלב   GaLaBH - Ezekiel5:8) would do.         כלף    KHaLaF is to pierce and    חלף K[H]aLahF is the sharp butcher's knife best defined as a CLEAVER. See the "knives" of Ezra1:9). חלף     K[H]aLaF is hardened into חרב     K[H]eReBH (sword) – see CARVE.


CLEFT, CLIP, CROP, CLAIVE (a sword) HALD and HALVE (which meant cut, divided) and the sharp (S)CALPEL are all related to terms like  K[H]aLPeYT (swordfish) and  KayLaF (ax).

The shoulder blade, the (S)CAPULA, looks like the blade of a cleaver; to hear this relationship, reduce (S)CAPULA to KPL and switch the L and P. If you swap the S and K of Ka(S)aiPH (shoulder) you could also get SCAP(ULA).

Cognates of CLEAVE at Indo-European gleubh (to cut, cleave) include: CLEVER, CLEVIS, CLOVE, GLYPH, HIEROGLYPHIC and KLOOF.

A Lamed/ L to N change, might have allowed Anglo-Saxon gnif (source of KNIFE) to come from  K[H]aLaF.  Ganib(et) is a knife in Basque. Using the Het-Lamed is k’al,  the Korean knife. Kila is a blade in Hawaiian.  Part of PANOPLY is Greek hoplon, weapon, -- a metathesis of the guttural-liquid-bilabial knives and swords here.    See "CARVER" and HARROW.

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