white clover


Definition of white clover

: a Eurasian clover (Trifolium repens) with round heads of white flowers that is widely used in lawn and pasture grass-seed mixtures and is an important source of nectar for honeybees

called also Dutch clover, white Dutch clover

Examples of white clover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Honeybees and other pollinators forage on patches of white clover blooming in lawns. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 The bottle the team was looking for contains over a thousand seeds: 50 each of 21 different species, from black mustard to white clover to redroot amaranth. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 The other main plus to white clover, besides a long growing season and palatability, is that this plant is a perennial. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 28 May 2020 Still others like chicory and lablab thrive in dry summer heat while plants like white clover struggle. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 28 May 2020 Add some Dutch white clover (Trifolium species), English daisy (Bellis perennis), and baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) around the edges to break up the sea of green. Popular Science, 23 Apr. 2019 Their grave at Rosedale Cemetery has no headstone and is covered in white clover. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2020 The paths around the beds, which would be a sloppy mess this year if left bare, are planted with a tough perennial cover crop named New Zealand white clover. Washington Post, 24 July 2019 There are many different types of weeds that can spoil a lush, green lawn: crabgrass, dandelions, white clover, quack grass, wood sorrel, bindweed, broad-leaf plantain, cinquefoil and creeping charley to name a few. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of white clover

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“White clover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20clover. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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