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 Bee lawns, originally developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota, combine white clover, shelf-heal, and creeping thyme flowers with fine fescue grass. Anne Readel, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 This will encourage more weeds like white clover to grow, strengthening your lawn with extra nutrients. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2023 These round flowers are white clover (Trifolium repens), a low-growing broadleaf perennial weed with creeping stems, which allow the plant to spread quickly. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 25 June 2023 Just having weeds might include some good flowers, like white clover or violets, but a tall lawn that grows multiple inches isn't going to do as much for bees. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2023 In central Kentucky, for example, more than 25 species of bees were recorded visiting dandelion and white clover in both urban and suburban laws. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 1 May 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white clover was before the 12th century

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“White clover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20clover. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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white clover

: a Eurasian clover with heads of white flowers that is widely used in grass-seed mixtures and is an important source of nectar for honey bees

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