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 Richard in bright red, the first Henry in clover green, the second Henry in yellow and the last Henry in a crisp, royal purple. New York Times, "Lost in 2020: Epic Shakespeare, and the Theater That Planned It," 29 Dec. 2020 This pack offers four honey varieties: clover, wildflower, orange blossom, and berry. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "25 thoughtful get-well-soon gifts to send to loved ones," 9 Dec. 2020 Perennials like clover can be planted in spring or fall. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "What’s the Best Food Plot Forage for Each Region?," 28 May 2020 Among other moisturizing ingredients, this product is made from three types of honey: Corsican honey, New Zealand clover honey and Ouessant Island honey, which is exclusive to Guerlain. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New & Notable: Best new products from Away, Beats, June and more," 23 Nov. 2020 The young boughs provide protection from avian predators and the low growth offers grasses and clover to eat. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, "Where to Take a Rabbit Super Slam," 20 Nov. 2020 The holiday honey maple glazed ham dinner includes sliced ham glazed with clover honey and maple syrup, and your choice of two sides. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving? These Richardson restaurants have you covered," 18 Nov. 2020 This could well make these researchers the stewards of humanity’s future food supply, ensuring the resiliency of dietary staples like barley, wheat, and chickpeas, as well as forage crops like clover and alfalfa that are eaten by livestock. Matt Simon, Wired, "These Rare Seeds Escaped Syria's War—to Help Feed the World," 17 Nov. 2020 The birds grow large on grass, clover and alfalfa, as well as non-GMO feed, without the use of antibiotics and hormones. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Give thanks for fresh, locally raised turkeys," 14 Nov. 2020

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

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12 Jan 2021

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“Clover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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