From Middle High German klette, from Old High German kletta f, kletto m, from Proto-Germanic *klīþô, from Proto-Indo-European *gleyt- (“to cling to, cleave, stick”), from *gley-. Cognate with Old Saxon kledda f, kleddo m and Middle Low German klette. Related to klettern (“to climb”) and Kleid (“dress”), also Middle Dutch clisse, Dutch klis, Old English cliþe, clāte and English clote (“burdock”).
Klette f (genitive Klette, plural Kletten)
- a burr (a seed pod with sharp features that stick in fur or clothing)
- (figuratively) a clingy person
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