American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum) native to the Moluccas and widely cultivated in warm regions for its aromatic dried flower buds.
- n. A flower bud of this plant, used whole or ground as a spice. Often used in the plural.
- n. One of the small sections of a separable bulb, as that of garlic.
- v. A past tense of cleave1.
- v. Archaic A past participle of cleave1.
- v. Archaic A past tense of cleave2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Preterit, and formerly sometimes (for cloven, to which the o in pret. clove is due) past participle, of cleave.
- n. One of the small bulbs formed in the axils of the scales of a mother bulb, as in garlic.
- n. A ravine or rocky fissure; a gorge: as, the Kaaterskill clove in the Catskill mountains.
- n. A very pungent aromatic spice, the dried flower-buds of Eugenia caryophyllata, of the natural order Myrtaccæ, originally of the Moluccas, but now cultivated in Zanzibar, the West Indies, Brazil, and other tropical regions. The tree is a handsome evergreen, from 15 to 30 feet high, with large, elliptic, smooth leaves and numerous purplish flowers on jointed stalks. Every part of the plant abounds in the volatile oil for which the flower-buds are prized. Cloves are very largely used as a spice, and in medicine for their stimulant and aromatic properties.
- n. The tree which bears cloves.
- n. [F. clou, a nail: see etym.] A long spike-nail.
- n. In England, a weight of cheese, etc. A statute of 1430 makes the clove equal to 7 pounds. The word is still used in Suffolk and Essex for a weight of 8 pounds of cheese or wool, as a division of the wey.
- n. A cleft; an opening: as, the clove in the roving-carriage of a cotton-jenny.
- n. A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree.
- n. botany The tree Eugenia aromatica (syn. Caryophyllus aromatica), native to the Moluccas (Indonesian islands) which produces the spice.
- n. An old English measure of weight, containing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), i.e. half a stone.
- n. Any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic
- v. Simple past of cleave.
- n. A narrow valley with steep sides, used in areas of North America first settled by the Dutch
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cleft; a gap; a ravine; -- rarely used except as part of a proper name.
- n. A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree (Eugenia aromatica syn. Caryophullus aromatica), a native of the Molucca Isles.
- n. (Bot.) One of the small bulbs developed in the axils of the scales of a large bulb, as in the case of garlic.
- n. Prov. Eng. A weight. A
cloveof cheese is about eight pounds, of wool, about seven pounds.
- n. aromatic flower bud of a clove tree; yields a spice
- n. spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground
- n. moderate sized very symmetrical red-flowered evergreen widely cultivated in the tropics for its flower buds which are source of cloves
- n. one of the small bulblets that can be split off of the axis of a larger garlic bulb
- From Dutch kloof (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French clou (de girofle), nail (of the clove tree), from Latin clāvus, nail.Middle English, from Old English clufu; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term clove bark has been applied to the barks of two different trees belonging to the natural order _Laurineæ_.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“The clove is native to the far east of Indonesia, yet somehow these cloves found their way to ancient Mesopotamia.”
“The garlic then pops free of the skin, the root end can be cut or broken off easily, and the clove is pre-flattened for convenient mincing.”
“Much of the research into the pharmacological benefits of garlic has focused on the organic polysulphides that the clove is rich in — the best known of which is Allicin.”
“After each clove is charred on one side, turn it so that all sides are charred, then remove from the heat.”
“Such "polytobacco use" includes cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, and imported products such as kreteks, which are sometimes called clove cigarettes and usually contain tobacco, cloves, and other ingredients, according to a report in the Aug. 6 issue of”
“Cloven hoof is what it is and maybe the clove is the evolution of claws.”
“From the moment my sword clove the cliff of Hameln, I had accepted the laws of wizardry.”
“She explained that the speck had been identified as clove, and that Alex Ladd had clove-spiked oranges in a bowl in her entryway.”
“On its second rotation, the sword clove through the candle.”
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