Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • "There are eight kinds, child of the city," said Rose, "beside melilot, which is a kind of clover-cousin.

    Hildegarde's Holiday a story for girls

  • Season of the Inundation: Sweet, black silt mingled with holy myrrh, melilot, hyssop, spikenard, balsam, cedar, and a hint of melting snow from the Abyssinian hills.

    Thor's Day

  • Tall grassland is scattered with hawkweed, ragwort, wild carrot and melilot flowers, along with clumps of bird's-foot trefoil, lucerne and goat's rue, and there are regular uprisings of brambles and wild rose, and sprawls of sallow and birch scrub.

    Country Diary: Canvey Wick, Essex

  • For old ulcers which occur on the fore part of the legs; they become bloody and black: - Having pounded the flower of the melilot and mixed it with honey, use as a plaster.

    On Ulcers

  • Will not some serious thoughts mingle with thy melilot, and tear off the callus of thy mind, as that may flay the leather from thy back, and as thy epispastics may strip the parchment from thy plotting head?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I rubbed it vehemently, but did not scratch it: then it grew into three or four great sores like blisters, and run; at last I advised the doctor to use it like a blister, so I did with melilot [2] plasters, which still run: and am now in pain enough, but am daily mending.

    The Journal to Stella

  • One favorite treatment for sciatica used by Cherokee herbalist David Winston is a combined extract of sweet melilot (Melilotus alba), dodder (Cuscuta americana), and sweet or black birth (Betula lenta).

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • Then the thigh, and the whole of the leg, must be fomented with a decoction made of sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender, flowers of chamomile and melilot, red roses boiled in white wine, with a drying powder made of oak -- ashes and a little vinegar and half a handful of salt. ...

    The Harvard Classics Volume 38 Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology)

  • Continental physicians still employ the same made of melilot, wax, resin, and olive oil.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • In the process of making this cheese, melilot, a clover-like herb, is added, and this gives the cheese a green color and a peculiar flavor.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 2: Milk, Butter and Cheese; Eggs; Vegetables

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