- any of various plants of the genus Trifolium, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and dense flower heads, many species of which, as T. pratense, are cultivated as forage plants.
- any of various plants of allied genera, as melilot.
- in clover, enjoying luxury or comfort; wealthy or well-off: They struggled to make their fortune, and now they're in clover.
Origin of clover
Examples from the Web for clover
Clover, Mia, Addison, and Jane have developed that typical lasting friendship that comes from rooming together freshman year.Deborah Copaken Kogan’s Novel ‘The Red Book’ Examines the Cult of Achievement
April 4, 2012
They grew up as crop and dairy farmers in Iowa, tending corn, soy, alfalfa, hay, oats and clover.An American Prairie Feast
July 17, 2010
Clover denies charges that eco-documentaries like End of the Line may overstate or exaggerate their case to raise awareness.
Clover, a longstanding environment campaigner, denies that this support may be a mere flash in the (eco) pan.
The deep roots of the clover penetrated the soil, that no plow ever touched.The Enclosures in England
The flat fields glowed with rich crops of grain, roots, and clover.
They were irrigated, and had been sown and re-sown with timothy grass and clover.The Night Riders
And he lies down on his back in a field of clover, and stares up at the sky.The Great Hunger
Hence his crop “rotation,” his succession of wheat to clover, of grass to both.
- any plant of the leguminous genus Trifolium, having trifoliate leaves and dense flower heads. Many species, such as red clover, white clover, and alsike, are grown as forage plants
- any of various similar or related plants
- sweet clover another name for melilot
- pin clover another name for alfilaria
- in clover informal in a state of ease or luxury
Word Origin and History for clover
Old English clafre, clæfre "clover," from Proto-Germanic *klaibron (cf. Old Saxon kle, Middle Low German klever, Middle Dutch claver, Dutch klaver, Old High German kleo, German Klee "clover"), of uncertain origin.
Klein and Liberman write that it is probably from West Germanic *klaiwaz- "sticky pap" (see clay), and Liberman adds, "The sticky juice of clover was the base of the most popular sort of honey." First reference in English to the suposed luck of a four-leaf clover is from c.1500. To be in clover "live luxuriously" is 1710, "clover being extremely delicious and fattening to cattle" [Johnson].
Idioms and Phrases with clover
see like pigs in clover.