clo·​ver·​leaf | \ ˈklō-vər-ˌlēf How to pronounce cloverleaf (audio) \

Definition of cloverleaf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling a clover leaf in shape


plural cloverleafs\ ˈklō-​vər-​ˌlēfs How to pronounce cloverleaf (audio) \ or cloverleaves\ ˈklō-​vər-​ˌlēvz How to pronounce cloverleaf (audio) \

Definition of cloverleaf (Entry 2 of 2)

: an interchange between two major highways that allows traffic to change from one to the other without requiring any left turns or crossings and that from above resembles a 4-leaf clover

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Illustration of cloverleaf


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Examples of cloverleaf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The test reactor's unique cloverleaf design includes a core that's surrounded by beryllium metal to reflect the neutrons. Keith Ridler, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Diverging diamond interchanges are designed to be safer and take up less space than cloverleaf designs. Mary Wisniewski,, 11 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tricky cloverleaf includes a two-lane merge to travel north on 23 (pictured above), with cars coming from 23 south and crossing lanes. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 30 Apr. 2021 When merging onto the freeway from a cloverleaf, the Escalade cut power at a very mellow 38 mph. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 19 Oct. 2020 The closure of Exit 5B to westbound Abernathy, a partial cloverleaf, is to accommodate construction of a diverging diamond interchange of Abernathy and new collector-distributor bridges over the road, GDOT said. David Ibata, ajc, 23 June 2020 Those images, thornier in intent and unwedded to a single place, become a kind of cloverleaf—of circumstances, of timelines and beliefs, of people. Jason Parham, Wired, 29 May 2020 The project will replace the existing cloverleaf turnpike with a modern direct connect interchange. Dallas News, 15 May 2020 But there are also high-quality touches, such as the white-and-green stitching—which brings the theme of the Quadrifoglio's cloverleaf badge inside the cabin—on the dash, doors, seats, and into the second row. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 2 Apr. 2020 In contrast, the Drosophila connectome shows every country lane, overpass, cloverleaf, and roundabout made by the 25,000 neurons, as the scientists describe in a preliminary paper (more are on the way). Sharon Begley, STAT, 22 Jan. 2020 Taking Ogden is too dangerous, because of the cloverleaf with multiple on and off ramps to and from I-294, Heinz said. Kimberly Fornek,, 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cloverleaf


circa 1884, in the meaning defined above


1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Cloverleaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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