clove

noun (1)
\ˈklōv \

Definition of clove 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: one of the small bulbs (as in garlic) developed in the axils of the scales of a large bulb

clove

Definition of clove (Entry 2 of 3)

past tense of cleave

clove

noun
\ˈklōv \

Definition of clove (Entry 3 of 3)

: the dried flower bud of a tropical tree (Syzygium aromaticum synonym Eugenia aromatica) of the myrtle family that is used as a spice and is the source of an oil also : this tree

First Known Use of clove

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clove

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English clufu; akin to Old English clēofan to cleave

Noun

alteration of Middle English clowe, from Anglo-French clou (de girofle), literally, nail of clove, from Latin clavus nail

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clove

noun
\ˈklōv \

Kids Definition of clove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the dried flower bud of a tropical tree used in cooking as a spice

clove

Kids Definition of clove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of cleave

clove

noun
\ˈklōv \

Medical Definition of clove 

1a : the pungent fragrant aromatic reddish brown dried flower bud of a tropical evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum) of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that yields clove oil

b : a spice consisting of whole or ground cloves usually used in plural

2 : the tree that is the source of cloves and is probably native to the Moluccas but is now widely cultivated in the tropics

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