clove

1
[ klohv ]
/ kloʊv /

noun

the dried flower bud of a tropical tree, Syzygium aromaticum, of the myrtle family, used whole or ground as a spice.
the tree itself.

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Origin of clove

1
1175–1225; Middle English clow(e), short for clow-gilofre<Old French clou de gilofre.See clou, gillyflower

Definition for clove (2 of 4)

clove2
[ klohv ]
/ kloʊv /

noun Botany.

one of the small bulbs formed in the axils of the scales of a mother bulb, as in garlic.

Origin of clove

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English clufu bulb (cognate with Middle Dutch clōve,Dutch kloof); akin to cleave2

Definition for clove (3 of 4)

clove3
[ klohv ]
/ kloʊv /

verb

a simple past tense of cleave2.

Definition for clove (4 of 4)

clove4
[ klohv ]
/ kloʊv /

noun

a British unit of weight for wool, cheese, etc., usually equivalent to 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms).

Origin of clove

4
1300–50; Middle English claue<Anglo-French clove, earlier clou, equivalent to Anglo-Latin clāvus,Latin: nail; see clove1
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British Dictionary definitions for clove (1 of 3)

clove1
/ (kləʊv) /

noun

a tropical evergreen myrtaceous tree, Syzygium aromaticum, native to the East Indies but cultivated elsewhere, esp Zanzibar
the dried unopened flower buds of this tree, used as a pungent fragrant spice

Word Origin for clove

C14: from Old French clou de girofle, literally: nail of clove, clou from Latin clāvus nail + girofle clove tree

British Dictionary definitions for clove (2 of 3)

clove2
/ (kləʊv) /

noun

any of the segments of a compound bulb that arise from the axils of the scales of a large bulb

Word Origin for clove

Old English clufu bulb; related to Old High German klovolouh garlic; see cleave 1

British Dictionary definitions for clove (3 of 3)

clove3
/ (kləʊv) /

verb

a past tense of cleave 1
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