cross cleavers

noun plural but singular in construction

Definition of cross cleavers

: a wild licorice (Galium circaezans)

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History and Etymology for cross cleavers

so called from the fact that its leaves are arranged in sets of four that resemble crosses

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“Cross cleavers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross%20cleavers. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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