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[grohvz] /groʊvz/
Leslie Richard, 1896–1970, U.S. general.
a city in SE Texas.


[grohv] /groʊv/
a small wood or forested area, usually with no undergrowth:
a grove of pines.
a small orchard or stand of fruit-bearing trees, especially citrus trees:
a grove of lemon trees.
Origin of grove
before 900; Middle English; Old English grāf
Related forms
groved, adjective
groveless, adjective
1. See forest. Unabridged
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  • With us, they contribute an important element to the music of our Groves and woods.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • So there were no orchards or Groves or flower gardens in North Point.

  • Sees temples, Groves, and glittering towers, that in her crystal shine.

  • Here and there were Groves of trees drooping beneath the sun.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • Less brilliant, but deeper now, was the dream of river and shore, of the Groves of palms and the mountains.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • The river murmured by—the sunlight shone on the Groves on the hillside.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • I sighed as I thought of the old peaceful days I had spent in its temple and Groves.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • It is found chiefly in Groves and strips along the water courses.

British Dictionary definitions for Groves


Sir Charles. 1915–92, English orchestral conductor


a small wooded area or plantation
  1. a road lined with houses and often trees, esp in a suburban area
  2. (capital as part of a street name): Ladbroke Grove
Word Origin
Old English grāf; related to grǣfa thicket, greave, Norwegian greivla to intertwine
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Word Origin and History for Groves



Old English graf "grove, copse" (akin to græafa "thicket"), from Proto-Germanic *graibo-, but not certainly found in other Germanic languages and with no known cognates anywhere else.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Groves in the Bible

(1.) Heb. 'asherah, properly a wooden image, or a pillar representing Ashtoreth, a sensual Canaanitish goddess, probably usually set up in a grove (2 Kings 21:7; 23:4). In the Revised Version the word "Asherah" (q.v.) is introduced as a proper noun, the name of the wooden symbol of a goddess, with the plurals Asherim (Ex. 34:13) and Asheroth (Judg. 3:13). The LXX. have rendered _asherah_ in 2 Chr. 15:16 by "Astarte." The Vulgate has done this also in Judg. 3:7. (2.) Heb. 'eshel (Gen. 21:33). In 1 Sam. 22:6 and 31:13 the Authorized Version renders this word by "tree." In all these passages the Revised Version renders by "tamarisk tree." It has been identified with the Tamariscus orientalis, five species of which are found in Palestine. (3.) The Heb. word 'elon, uniformly rendered in the Authorized Version by "plain," properly signifies a grove or plantation. In the Revised Version it is rendered, pl., "oaks" (Gen. 13:18; 14:13; 18:1; 12:6; Deut. 11:30; Josh. 19:33). In the earliest times groves are mentioned in connection with religious worship. The heathen consecrated groves to particular gods, and for this reason they were forbidden to the Jews (Jer. 17:3; Ezek. 20:28).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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