clove

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clove [1] NOUN 1) the dried flower bud of a tropical tree, used as a pungent aromatic spice. 2) (oil of cloves) an aromatic oil extracted from these buds and used for the relief of dental pain. 3) (also clove pink or clove gillyflower) a clove-scented pink which is the original type from which the carnation and other double pinks have been bred.
ORIGIN from Old French clou de girofle, 'nail of gillyflower' (from its shape), GILLYFLOWER(Cf. ↑gillyflower) being originally the name of the spice and later applied to the similarly scented pink.
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clove [2] NOUN any of the small bulbs making up a compound bulb of garlic, shallot, etc.
ORIGIN Old English, related to CLEAVE(Cf. ↑cleave).

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  • clove — clove; clove·root; …   English syllables

  • clove — clove1 [klōv] n. [ME clowe < OFr clou (de girofle), lit., nail (of clove) < L clavus, nail (see CLOSE2); so called from its shape] 1. the dried flower bud of a tropical evergreen tree (Eugenia aromatica) of the myrtle family, originally… …   English World dictionary

  • Clove — (spr. Klohw), 1) Wollgewicht in England, = 7 Pfd. Zollgewicht; 2) in Essex Gewicht für Butter u. Käse, = 8 Pfd. Zollgewicht …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Clove — (spr. klow ), Wollgewicht in England zu 7 Pfund Avdp., = 3,175 kg; auch Butter oder Käsegewicht für Essex, = 3,628 kg …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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