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clove

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[ klohv ]
/ kloʊv /
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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

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English clow(e), clo(ve), clawe (short for clow-gilofre from Old French clo, clou, clau (de gilofre, girofle), literally “nail of the gillyflower”; see origin at clou, gillyflower

Other definitions 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

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English clove, clof, clowe, Old English clufe (plural) “ears of grain, cloves of garlic”; (cognate with Middle Dutch clōve, Dutch kloof ); akin to cleave2

Other definitions for clove (3 of 4)

clove3
[ klohv ]
/ kloʊv /

verb
a simple past tense of cleave2.

Other definitions 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

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English claue, clou from Anglo-French clove, earlier clou, equivalent to Anglo-Latin clāvus “nail” (also used as a unit of linear measure), fromLatin clāvus; 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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