Middle English clovere, claver, from Old English clāfre, earlier clǣfre, from Proto-Germanic *klaibrǭ (compare Saterland Frisian Kleeuwer, Dutch klaver, dialectal Low German Kleeber, Kleewer), enlargement of *klaiwaz (compare Plautdietsch Kjlee, German Klee), from Proto-Indo-European *glei- (“to stick”) (compare Old Church Slavonic [script?] (glěvŭ, “slime”), Ancient Greek γλοιός (gloiós, “glue, tar”)). More at cleave, clay.
clover (plural clovers)
- (botany) A plant of the genus Trifolium with leaves usually divided into three (rarely four) leaflets and with white or red flowers.