from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several Old World plants of the genus Melilotus in the pea family, having compound leaves with three leaflets and narrow racemes of small white or yellow flowers. Also called sweet clover.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fragrant plant of the genus Melilotus, often having small yellow or white flowers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any species of Melilotus, a genus of leguminous herbs having a vanillalike odor; sweet clover; hart's clover. The blue melilot (Melilotus cærulea) is used in Switzerland to give color and flavor to sapsago cheese.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Melilotus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement
Middle English melilote, from Old French, from Latin melilōtos, from Greek : meli, honey; see melit- in Indo-European roots + lōtos, lotus; see lotus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin melilōtos, from Ancient Greek μελίλωτος, from μέλι ("honey") + λωτός ("lotus"); later reinforced by Old French mellilote. (Wiktionary)