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.

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 6)

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 6)

clove3
[ klohv ]
/ kloʊv /

verb

a simple past tense of cleave2.

Definition for clove (4 of 6)

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

Definition for clove (5 of 6)

cleave1
[ kleev ]
/ kliv /

verb (used without object), cleaved or (Archaic) clave; cleaved; cleav·ing.

to adhere closely; stick; cling (usually followed by to).
to remain faithful (usually followed by to): to cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution.

Origin of cleave

1
before 900; Middle English cleven, Old English cleofian, cognate with Old High German klebēn (German kleben)

OTHER WORDS FROM cleave

cleav·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for clove (6 of 6)

cleave2
[ kleev ]
/ kliv /

verb (used with object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo·ven, cleav·ing.

to split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow, especially along a natural line of division, as the grain of wood.
to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path through the wilderness.
to penetrate or pass through (air, water, etc.): The bow of the boat cleaved the water cleanly.
to cut off; sever: to cleave a branch from a tree.

verb (used without object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo·ven, cleav·ing.

to part or split, especially along a natural line of division.
to penetrate or advance by or as if by cutting (usually followed by through).

Origin of cleave

2
before 950; Middle English cleven, Old English clēofan, cognate with Old High German klioban (German klieben), Old Norse kljūfa; akin to Greek glýphein to carve, Latin glūbere to peel
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British Dictionary definitions for clove (1 of 5)

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 5)

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 5)

clove3
/ (kləʊv) /

verb

a past tense of cleave 1

British Dictionary definitions for clove (4 of 5)

cleave1
/ (kliːv) /

verb cleaves, cleaving, cleft, cleaved, clove, cleft, cleaved or cloven

to split or cause to split, esp along a natural weakness
(tr) to make by or as if by cuttingto cleave a path
(when intr, foll by through) to penetrate or traverse

Derived forms of cleave

cleavable, adjectivecleavability, noun

Word Origin for cleave

Old English clēofan; related to Old Norse kljūfa, Old High German klioban, Latin glūbere to peel

British Dictionary definitions for clove (5 of 5)

cleave2
/ (kliːv) /

verb

(intr foll by to) to cling or adhere

Word Origin for cleave

Old English cleofian; related to Old High German klebēn to stick
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