clover

noun clo·ver \ ˈklō-vər \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of clover

1 : any of a genus (Trifolium) of low leguminous herbs having trifoliolate leaves and flowers in dense heads and including many that are valuable for forage and attractive to bees
2 : any of various related plants (as of the genera Melilotus, Lespedeza, or Medicago) of the legume family
in clover or less commonly in the clover
: in prosperity or in pleasant circumstances

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Origin and Etymology of clover

Middle English, from Old English clāfre; akin to Old High German klēo clover



CLOVER Defined for English Language Learners

clover

noun

Definition of clover for English Language Learners

  • : a small plant that has usually three leaves on each stem and that usually has round flowers that are white, red, or purple


CLOVER Defined for Kids

clover

noun clo·ver \ ˈklō-vər \

Definition of clover for Students

: a small plant that has leaves with three leaflets and usually roundish red, white, yellow, or purple flower heads and is sometimes grown for hay or pasture


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