Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural An annual, climbing bedstraw (Galium aparine) found throughout North America and Eurasia, having hooked bristles on the stems, leaves, and fruit that cling to fur or clothing.
  • noun plural Any of various other species in the genus Galium.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any plant of the genus Galium, such as bedstraw, goose-grass, etc., the numerous species being distinguished by appropriate qualifying names.
  • noun A plant, Galium Aparine, also called goose-grass, used to some extent in medicine as a diuretic and sudorific.
  • noun Tufts of grass.
  • noun [In form clivers.] The refuse of wheat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A species of Galium (Galium Aparine), having a fruit set with hooked bristles, which adhere to whatever they come in contact with; -- called also, goose grass, catchweed, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of cleaver.
  • noun uncountable Galium aparine, a herbaceous annual plant of the family Rubiaceae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun annual having the stem beset with curved prickles; North America and Europe and Asia

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English clivers, probably blend of clife, burdock (from Old English clīfe) and clivres, claws (from Old English clifras, pl. of clifer).]

Examples

  • Be on the lookout for late flushes of annual broadleaved weeds such as cleavers, charlock and polygonums, as the recent rains and open crops are encouraging factors.

    FWi - All News

  • Higher rates will be needed if spraying post-emergence especially if targeting the more difficult weeds such as cleavers and/or poppies with Katamaran (metazachlor + quinmerac).

    FWi - All News

  • Be on the lookout for late flushes of annual broadleaved weeds such as cleavers, charlock and polygonums, as the recent rains and open crops are encouraging factors.

    FWi - All News

  • Higher rates will be needed if spraying post-emergence especially if targeting the more difficult weeds such as cleavers and / or poppies with Katamaran (metazachlor + quinmerac).

    FWi - All News

  • Higher rates will be needed if spraying post-emergence especially if targeting the more difficult weeds such as cleavers and / or poppies with Katamaran (metazachlor + quinmerac).

    FWi - All News

  • Higher rates will be needed if spraying post-emergence especially if targeting the more difficult weeds such as cleavers and / or poppies with Katamaran (metazachlor + quinmerac).

    FWi - All News

  • 'cleavers' or 'cliver,' and the wild madder (_Rubia pelegrina_), are instances of this -- then there are others which send out simple tendrils from the point of each leaf.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 454 Volume 18, New Series, September 11, 1852

  • • Play on the computer and surf the Internet, so long as they paid for their Neopet Usuki dolls and World of Warcraft abomination cleavers out of their own allowances.

    In Defense of the Guilty, Ambivalent, Preoccupied Western Mom

  • In this case, the cocktail, which is little more than a few sticks of sugarcane steeped in rum, lime, and mint, requires a couple of people with handsaws to cut the tough cane into manageable pieces, two more with cleavers to pare away the bark, and anywhere from two to eight more cooks to trim the cane first into flat planks and then into precisely measured sticks.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • With cleavers, the cooks struggle to pare away enough bone to render the spine fragile enough to break, then carefully scoop out the gelatinous marrow inside.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

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