a cloverlike plant of the genus Melilotus, of the legume family, grown as a forage plant.

Origin of melilot

before 1150; Middle English mellilot < Latin melilōtos < Greek melílōtos a clover, equivalent to méli honey + lōtós lotus; replacing late Old English milotis < Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any leguminous plant of the Old World genus Melilotus, having narrow clusters of small white or yellow fragrant flowersAlso called: sweet clover

Word Origin for melilot

C15: via Old French from Latin melilōtos, from Greek: sweet clover, from meli honey + lōtos lotus
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