a cloven hoof

a cloven hoof

a symbol or indication of evil

Traditional pictures of the Devil show him with the head and torso of a man but the legs and cloven hoofs of a goat. Therefore, a cloven hoof is a giveaway sign of the Devil.

1959 - François Mauriac - A Woman of Pharisees - She had been a trial to him from the beginning and now the cloven hoof was beginning to show.

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