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From Middle Low German nēgelke(n), cognate of German Nägelchen (little nail). Low German-looking forms are already found in Middle High German negelkīn alongside negelīn; the contraction is first attested in Central German Nelekin. The feminine form in -e is a backformation from the plural. The name is due to the typical form of cloves; compare Latin clāvulus (clove), from clāvus (nail), of which the German form may be a loan translation.


Nelke f (genitive Nelke, plural Nelken)

  1. clove (plant; spice)
  2. carnation, pink (plant)


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