cleft of a rotten tree

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
Mike Hanlon imagined small Jurassic reptiles with horrid sawteeth suddenly boiling out of the cleft of a rotten tree, attacking them, biting them to pieces.
Source: It by Stephen King

Does cleft in this context mean hallow or split/divided? I understand boil out = come out tumultuously.

Thank you.
 
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