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

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Recent Examples on the Web Across the middle of the country and into the south, clover fields see heavy late winter and early-spring visitation. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020 That same September day Brown seemed to tumble forward into clover, agreeing to a contract worth as much as $15 million, including a $9 million signing bonus, with the Patriots. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Antonio Brown Saga Just Another Sign of the Patriot Way," 23 Sep. 2019 Winter rye, vetch and clovers, sown now, are green manures that will crowd out winter weeds. Washington Post, "Whether or not Roundup is safe, the gardener has better options," 18 Sep. 2019 The tattoos on the mural Bird’s arm feature two bunnies mating and the number 76 on his right arm, a spiderweb and a clover on his left, and a red cardinal on his cheek. Georgia Slater,, "Larry Bird Wants Tattoos Removed from Indianapolis Mural That Portrays Him with Ink," 21 Aug. 2019 Long, tubular-like piles suggest softer foods like grasses, alfalfa, and clover. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "9 Deer Pellet Facts That Can Help You Get Your Buck," 2 Dec. 2019 Tangy Mango Vinaigrette Dressing: Whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons mild-tasting honey, such as clover, 3 tablespoons mango purée, and 1 teaspoon salt. Dallas News, "Hooray! It’s almost always mango season," 6 Jan. 2020 Some of the wildflowers were familiar — clover, buttercups, daisies, wild carrot. Washington Post, "Exploring the rich grasslands, meadows and wildflowers of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 Bumblebees are important pollinators for berries, vegetables, clover and native flowering plants. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Endangered Minnesota bee will get critical habitat plan from feds," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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