sweet clover


: any of a genus (Melilotus) of Old World legumes that have trifoliolate leaves and are widely grown for soil improvement or hay

Examples of sweet clover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One such product is warfarin, a chemical found in plants like sweet clover. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 Eventually, a sweet clover, Bloody Butcher corn and black bee honey cake dressed with calendulas appeared, along with steaming cups of Spring Equinox tea, a custom blend of nettle, cleavers, dandelion leaf and Plantago that Coleman conceived. New York Times, 11 May 2022 The discovery of warfarin unfolded in the 1930s when cattle in Wisconsin and elsewhere bled to death after grazing on moldy sweet clover hay. John Fauber and Coulter Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 In 1889, Browning saw patches of sweet clover sway in the wake of a passing bullet. Mark Yost, WSJ, 14 May 2021 It was typically made by infusing a mix of brandy, wine and celandine juice with cloves, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, sweet clover, spearmint, rosemary and cowslip for 12 hours, then distilling it into a cordial. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 Yellow blossom sweet clover is an excellent nutrient scavenger and helps build good soil structure. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 22 Aug. 2017 Plant dill, parsley, sweet clover, and other herbs to attract adult flies. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2016 Inside each was a carefully dried and pressed seed pod: a sweet clover from Egypt, a wild wheat found only in northern Syria, an ancient variety of bread wheat. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweet clover was in 1860

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“Sweet clover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20clover. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sweet clover

: any of a genus of herbs of the legume family widely grown for soil improvement or hay
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