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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of clover was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Clover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


clo·​ver ˈklō-vər How to pronounce clover (audio)
: any of a genus of herbs of the legume family that have leaves with three leaflets and flowers in dense heads and that include many plants valuable for forage and as a source of nectar for bees
also : any of various related plants

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