Branchial clefts. See under Branchial.

Syn. — Crack; crevice; fissure; chink; cranny.

(Cleft"-foot`ed) a. Having a cloven foot.

(Cleft"graft`) v. t. To ingraft by cleaving the stock and inserting a scion. Mortimer.

(Cleg) n. [Northern Eng. & Scot. gleg: cf. Gael. crethleag.] (Zoöl.) A small breeze or horsefly. [North of Eng. & Scot.] Jamieson.

(Cleis`to*gam"ic Cleis*tog"a*mous) a. [Gr. closed (fr. to shut) + ga`mos marriage.] (Bot.) Having, beside the usual flowers, other minute, closed flowers, without petals or with minute petals; — said of certain species of plants which possess flowers of two or more kinds, the closed ones being so constituted as to insure self-fertilization. Darwin.

(Clem) v. t. & i. [Cf. clam to clog, or G. klemmen to pinch, Icel. klömbra, E. clamp.] To starve; to famish. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Clem"a*tis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. klhmati`s brushwood, also (from its long, lithe branches) clematis. fr. klh^ma twig, shoot, fr. kla^n to break off.] (Bot.) A genus of flowering plants, of many species, mostly climbers, having feathery styles, which greatly enlarge in the fruit; — called also virgin's bower.

(Clem"ence) n. Clemency. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Clem"en*cy) n.; pl. Clemencies [L. clementia, fr. clemens mild, calm.]

1. Disposition to forgive and spare, as offenders; mildness of temper; gentleness; tenderness; mercy.

Great clemency and tender zeal toward their subjects.

They had applied for the royal clemency.

2. Mildness or softness of the elements; as, the clemency of the season.

Syn. — Mildness; tenderness; indulgence; lenity; mercy; gentleness; compassion; kindness.

(Clem"ent) a. [L. clemens; -entis; cf. F. clment.] Mild in temper and disposition; merciful; compassionate. Shak.

Clem"ent*ly, adv.

(Clem"ent*ine) a. Of or pertaining to Clement, esp. to St. Clement of Rome and the spurious homilies attributed to him, or to Pope Clement V. and his compilations of canon law.

(Clench) n. & v. t. See Clinch.

(Clepe) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleped (klep"ed) or (klept); p. pr. & vb. n. Cleping. Cf. Ycleped.] [AS. clepan, cleopian, clipian, clypian, to cry, call.] To call, or name. [Obs.]

That other son was cleped Cambalo.

(Clepe), v. i. To make appeal; to cry out. [Obs.]

Wandering in woe, and to the heavens on high
Cleping for vengeance of this treachery.
Mir. for Mag.

3. (Far.) A disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.

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