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 cloveror less commonly
in the clover
: in prosperity or in pleasant circumstances
Recent Examples of clover from the Web
Farmers no longer grow much wheat, which was typically followed by clover for hay.
Clovers (white and crimson) and members of the Aster family (daisies, sunflowers and zinnias) also are good for bees.
Mr. Fox had a lovely clover lapel pin on his dark gray suit.
Inspired by seashell necklaces, Jones cut beads into the shape of Vuitton’s signature clover design and strung them around models’ necks.
Crisp American lager made with Wisconsin clover honey.
The name is from the owners’ dual Irish and Lebanese heritages (clover shamrocks and spearmint).
All the trees back there have kept the place nice and cool in the summer, but the refreshing shade also spared the clover and wild onion competition from a real lawn because almost nothing else could get enough sunlight.
Common choices include grasses and legumes such as hairy vetch and clover.
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Origin and Etymology of clover
Middle English, from Old English clāfre; akin to Old High German klēo clover
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CLOVER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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