A type of knife with a large, square blade (usually 6" to 8" long) that is sturdy enough to cut cleanly through a chicken, roast or thick steak. The side of the wide blade also is useful for crushing garlic and herbs or for tenderizing meats.
Broad-bladed chopper available in many sizes and types. Cleavers are inexpensive and take only a little practice to use efficiently. Steel cleavers need to be wrapped in an oiled cloth to prevent them from rusting; keep them razor sharp by sharpening on an oilstone.
A cleaver, in descriptive geology, and in mountaineering on and near glaciers, is a ridge of rock that separates a unified flow of glacial ice from its uphill side into two glaciers flanking, and flowing parallel to, the ridge. (As a meat cleaver separates meat into smaller pieces, such a cleaver divides or cleaves the continuous flow from above into two distinct flows.) A cleaver may be thought of as analogous to an island in a river.
Cleaver is a program for comparing restriction endonuclease digests of orthologous DNA sequences from different taxa. It performs virtual restriction digests and searches for endonucleases that cleave DNA fragments from given taxa but not others.