American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various herbs of the genus Trifolium in the pea family, having trifoliolate leaves and dense heads of small flowers and including species grown for forage, for erosion control, and as a source of nectar for honeybees.
- n. Any of several other plants in the pea family, such as bush clover and sweet clover.
- n. Any of several nonleguminous plants, such as owl's clover and water clover.
- idiom. in clover Living a carefree life of ease, comfort, or prosperity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of various common species of plants of the genus Trifolium, natural order Leguminosæ. They are low herbs, chiefly found in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. There are about 200 species, of which about 50 are natives of the United States, chiefly west of the Rocky Mountains. Many are valuable forage-plants. The red, purple, or meadow clover, T. pratense, is extensively cultivated for fodder and as a fertilizer. The white or Dutch clover, T. repens, is common in pastures. The Alsike clover, T. hybridum, and the Italian, carnation, or crimson clover, T. incarnatum, are sometimes cultivated. Other species, mostly weeds of little value, are the yellow or hop clover, T. agrarium; the stone, hare's-foot, or rabbit-foot clover, T. arvense; the strawberry clover, T. fragiferum; the buffalo clover, T. redexum; the zigzag clover, T. medium, etc. The above are all natives of Europe, though several are widely naturalized.
- n. One of several plants of other genera belonging to the same order. Species of Melilotus are known as sweet clover and Bokhara or tree clover. Bur- or heart-clover is Medicago maculata; Calvary clover, the spiny-fruited Medicago Echinus; bush-clover, species of Lespedeza; bird's-foot clover, Lotus corniculatus and Trigonella ornithopodioides; prairie clover, species of Petalostemon, etc.
- n. In Texas, Marsilea macropoda, a plant of some forage value in shady bottoms. See Marsilea.
- n. Same as annual red clover.
- n. In California: Trifolium fucatum, a true clover, probably with some allied species or varieties. These are succulent plants with light-colored foliage.
- n. T. obtusiflorum, a species having an acid taste and clammy with an acid exudation. The Indians regard it as one of the best for eating, the exudation being generally washed off. Also called salt clover and, as growing near springs, spring-clover.
- n. Same as bear-clover.
- n. botany A plant of the genus Trifolium with leaves usually divided into three (rarely four) leaflets and with white or red flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A plant of different species of the genus Trifolium; as the common red clover, Trifolium pratense, the white, Trifolium repens, and the hare's foot, Trifolium arvense.
- n. a plant of the genus Trifolium
- Middle English clovere, claver, from Old English clāfre, earlier clǣfre, from Proto-Germanic *klaibrōn (compare Saterland Frisian Kleeuwer, Dutch klaver, dialectal Low German Kleeber, Kleewer), enlargement of *klaiwaz (compare Plautdietsch Kjlee, German Klee), from Proto-Indo-European *glei- ‘to stick’ (compare Old Church Slavonic glěvŭ ‘slime’, Ancient Greek (gloiós, "glue, tar")). More at cleave, clay. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English clāfre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I am not familiar with Virginia soils but I can tell you in the midwest clover is a Deer dream plot.”
“With no mowing the clover is feeding our neighbour's bees all day long.”
“You're in clover and your recently-promoted editor loves you, along with most of the world (or at least America).”
“In early August it was "waist-deep in clover — beautiful," he says.”
“I remember learning in science that clover have the ability to fix nitrogen from the air (or perhaps that clover is in a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria) and that on the clover roots are little nodules that do the fixing.”
“The four-leaf clover is a symbol of luck, according to Irish folklore.”
“These gringos are sitting in clover while they sharpen up the Spanish.”
“The word clover is a corruption of the Latin _clava_ a club; and the "clubs" on our playing cards are representations of clover leaves; whilst in France the same black suit is called _trefle_.”
“He's just about well now, and he lives in clover, that cat does.”
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