cleav·​ers | \ˈklē-vərz \

Definition of cleavers 

: an annual bedstraw (Galium aparine) having many stalked white flowers and stems covered with curved prickles also : any of several related plants

First Known Use of cleavers

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cleavers

Middle English clivre, alteration of Old English clife burdock, cleavers; akin to Old English clifian

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