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[kloh-ver-leef] /ˈkloʊ vərˌlif/
noun, plural cloverleafs, cloverleaves.
a road arrangement, resembling a four-leaf clover in form, for permitting easy traffic movement between two intersecting high-speed highways. One highway passes over the other, and both are joined by a system of curved feeder roads permitting vehicles to enter and leave the highways.
shaped like or resembling a leaf or leaves of clover.
Origin of cloverleaf
First recorded in 1930-35; clover + leaf
Related forms
cloverleafed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He entered the cloverleaf and was halfway through it when he saw the copter.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • The clubs of playing-cards are also no doubt an imitation of the cloverleaf.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • Immediately, he put the groundcar in drive and whipped out of the cloverleaf under full acceleration.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Dark slowed and entered the cloverleaf that took him onto the bypass expressway.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Every cloverleaf sparkled and the leaves of wheat bristled like tiny spears.

    Hiram The Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd
British Dictionary definitions for cloverleaf


noun (pl) -leaves
an arrangement of connecting roads, resembling a four-leaf clover in form, that joins two intersecting main roads
(modifier) in the shape or pattern of a leaf of clover
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cloverleaf

1882, from clover + leaf (n.). Highway interchange sense attested by 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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