cleavers

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Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

cleavers

  1. plural of cleaver

Etymology 2[edit]

Cleavers

From Middle English clivers, probably from Old English clife (burdock).

Noun[edit]

cleavers (uncountable)

  1. Galium aparine, a herbaceous annual plant of the family Rubiaceae.
    • 1998, ‎Terry R. Roberts, Metabolic Pathways of Agrochemicals (part 1, page 448)
      Quinmerac is primarily used for the post-emergence control of cleavers, speedwells and other broad-leaved weeds in cereals, oilseed rape and sugar beet.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Plural in form; used with singular or plural verb.

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