sweet clover


Definition of 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 Yellow blossom sweet clover is an excellent nutrient scavenger and helps build good soil structure. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Planting Cover Crops For A Healthy Garden," 22 Aug. 2017 Plant dill, parsley, sweet clover, and other herbs to attract adult flies. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 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, "How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sweet clover

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweet clover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20clover. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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