clo·​ver | \ˈklō-vər \

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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The savory chicken liver toast was a fine way to kick off a meal punctuated with roasted Rohan duck breast, served with brie, sauteed plums, ginger, clover and honey jus. Ed Condran,, "Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination," 24 June 2018 What’s more, all species of clover belong to the legume family and fix life-sustaining nitrogen in the soil. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water, and brush on top and edges of clover. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Shamrock Soda Bread," 12 Feb. 2015 The researchers deploy more than a dozen clover traps and fyke nets around McDermott and check them daily. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 Many plants are equally dependent on microbes: peas, clover, soy, and beans have nodules on their roots that host bacteria, fixing nitrogen from the air in the plant. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome," 15 June 2018 Instead, honeybees need plenty of high-nectar forage like clover, buckwheat, goldenrod, and flowering trees. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need To Know About Organic Beekeeping Before Starting A Backyard Hive," 16 Feb. 2017 The odds of spotting a four-leaf clover are pretty darn small—about 1 in 10,000, actually. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "St. Patrick's Day Trivia: What Are the Odds of Finding a Four-Leaf Clover?," 29 Dec. 2017 For existing broadleaf weeds such as clover, dandelions, dichondra, poison ivy, roadside asters and others, use a broadleaf weed killer containing 2,4-D. Apply it according to label directions for best results. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "If your yard is in the weeds, here are some tips to control them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of clover

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


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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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