clo·​ver | \ ˈklō-vər How to pronounce clover (audio) \

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

Examples of clover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What these frustrated people do not realize is these broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions and clover, are perennials. Chris Mckeown, The Enquirer, 16 Apr. 2022 Her front right leg is shorter than the others, has no nails and her foot pads are in the shape of a four-leaf clover. Valerie Stefancin, cleveland, 1 July 2021 On Wall Street, clover is an annual crop, not a perennial, and no one can bank on tomorrow’s riches. James Grant, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 White clover in lawns is especially important as gap fillers for bees from late spring into early summer, Watson said. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 On March 17, Saint Patrick's Day, the youngest Jenner daughter posted a picture of her green reptilian handbag, along with two four-leaf-clover emoji for luck. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2022 Hagen finishes up by re-seeding the area with clover and forage. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2022 So grab your lucky four-leaf clover and head to one of Louisville's best Irish pubs to sip green beer, indulge in some fish and chips or just mingle with friends to keep your Irish eyes smiling. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2022 Between clover only and an ecolawn mix, my recommendation is to use an ecolawn mix. oregonlive, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clover

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clover

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

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12 May 2022

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“Clover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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clo·​ver | \ ˈklō-vər How to pronounce clover (audio) \

Kids Definition of clover

: 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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