cleavers

[ klee-verz ]
/ ˈkli vərz /

noun, plural cleav·ers.

a North American plant, Galium aparine, of the madder family, having short, hooked bristles on the stems and leaves and bearing very small white flowers.
any of certain related species.

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Also clivers.
Also called catchweed, goose grass.

Origin of cleavers

before 1000; Middle English clivre,Old English clife burdock (-re probably by association with Middle English clivres (plural) claws, or with the agent noun from cleven to cleave1, whence the modern spelling)
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British Dictionary definitions for cleavers

cleavers
/ (ˈkliːvəz) /

noun

(functioning as singular) a Eurasian rubiaceous plant, Galium aparine, having small white flowers and prickly stems and fruitsAlso called: goosegrass, hairif, sticky willie

Word Origin for cleavers

Old English clīfe; related to clīfan to cleave ²
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