cloverleaf

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cloverleaf (not comparable)

  1. In the form of the leaf of a clover plant; cloverleafed.

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cloverleaf (plural cloverleafs or cloverleaves) (see individual senses for plurals)

  1. (with plural cloverleaves) The leaf of a clover plant
  2. (US) (with plural cloverleafs or cloverleaves) A cloverleaf interchange.

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cloverleaf (third-person singular simple present cloverleafs, present participle cloverleafing, simple past and past participle cloverleafed)

  1. (intransitive) To turn by following a cloverleaf, or as if by following one.
    • 2003, David Maraniss, They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967,
      Hay told a military historian that Allen precipitated “the debacle” by “allowing his lead company to pursue the VC down the trail” instead of forming a perimeter and cloverleafing at the first sign of the enemy.