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From Middle English clote, Old English clāte, from Proto-Germanic *klīþô.



  1. (obsolete) The common burdock; the clotbur.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for clote in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)


Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]



  1. Alternative form of clete (cleat)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English clāte, from Proto-Germanic *klīþô.


clote (plural clotes)

  1. burdock, clote
    • 1380s, John Wycliffe, Bible, Osee [Hosea], 9, vi,
      A nettle schal enherite the desirable siluer of hem, a clote schal be in the tabernaclis of hem.
    • 14thC, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Prologe of the Chanouns Yemannes Tale, The Canterbury Tales, 1987, Larry Dean Benson (editor), The Riverside Chaucer, 2008, 3rd Edition, page 270,
      A clote-leef he hadde under his hood / For swoot and for to keep his heed from heete.