Modern German derivatives
Posted by R. Berg on March 11, 2002
In Reply to: Wonderbras posted by TheFallen on March 10, 2002
: Interesting, and pretty definitive. For what it's worth, those precise Germans (who seem to have started all the trouble) have only in my knowledge carried on with meaning #2 with their verb "kleben" (to cling or stick, adhere). I can't think of a similar sounding German verb meaning to split or separate. Trust them to avoid confusion at all costs.
I haven't studied German, but I have a German-English dictionary. It shows a noun "Kluft," defined as "chasm, abyss, gulf; ravine, gorge." Klearly related.