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

  • Melilot is good in salves and ointments for swellings and inflammations.

    Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million

    Sarah Josepha Hale

  • Lucerne and melilot, both seemingly the common European species, were very plentiful.

  • Melilot, mel′i-lot, n. a genus of clover-like plants with white or yellow flowers and a peculiar sweet odour.

  • Melilot, a genus of clover-like plants of the natural order of Leguminose.

    The Master of Game

    Second Duke of York, Edward

  • And when thou art come to Melilot set thy share beneath the roots of her feet, and take her up to me out of the ground.

    The Field of Clover

    Laurence Housman

British Dictionary definitions for melilot


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

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