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

  • n. See melilot.

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  • adj. See Melilot.
  • n. See Meliot.

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  • n. erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement


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  • "Melilotus, known as Melilot or Sweet Clover, is a genus in the family Fabaceae. Members are known as common grassland plants and as weeds of cultivated ground. Originally from Europe and Asia, it is now found worldwide.

    Like the most fragrant of the plants called sweet grass, this clover is commonly named for its sweet smell, which in both plants is due to its high content of the perfume agent coumarin (which is bitter to the taste, and is probably produced by the plant to discourage ingestion by animals). Coumarin, in turn, is used by fungi to form a poisonous anticoagulant in moldly or spoiled sweet clover, called dicoumarol. This compound was the historical cause of so-called sweet clover disease, the analysis of which led eventually to the production of the warfarin family of anticoagulants."

    --From the Wikipedia article for Melilotis

    April 14, 2011

  • melilot

    May 18, 2008