red clover


: a European clover (Trifolium pratense) that has globose heads of reddish-purple flowers, is widely cultivated as a hay, forage, and cover crop, and is naturalized in the U.S.

Examples of red clover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He’s broken up his typical corn and soybean rotation with oats and medium red clover, the latter a kind of plant that can increase nitrogen levels in the soil naturally. Melina Walling, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024 These include red clover, crimson clover, vetch, peas and beans. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2023 These vitamins contain herbal extracts such as black cohosh and red clover, known for their potential benefits in alleviating menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2023 When paired with red clover flower extract (Trifolium pratense), this serum is set to transform even the most brittle lashes into a stunningly full fringe. Lindsay Modglin, Health, 22 June 2023 Made with turmeric and red clover, which have been shown to aid in hair growth and prevent hair growth, this product improves hair density for thick, fuller hair. ELLE, 31 July 2023 This formula harnesses a combo of red clover and mung bean, which help regulate the growth factors that contribute to hair loss, as well as amino acids, which help encourage healthy follicle growth. Deanna Pai, Peoplemag, 20 July 2023 Some examples of alteratives include nettle, dandelion leaf and root, burdock root, violet, calendula, and red clover. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 17 Mar. 2023 In two other fields, crops were grown in three- or four-year rotations, adding oats and either alfalfa or red clover to the mix. Ashley P. Taylor, Discover Magazine, 26 Oct. 2012 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Red clover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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red clover

: a European clover that has globe-shaped reddish purple flowers and is grown for animals to graze on and as a cover crop

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