clover

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English clovere, claver, from Old English clāfre, earlier clǣfre, from Proto-West Germanic *klaibrā. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Kleeuwer (clover), West Frisian klaver (clover), Dutch klaver (clover), German Low German Klaver (clover), German Klee (clover).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkləʊ.və(ɹ)/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkloʊ.vɚ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊvə(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

clover (plural clovers)

  1. A plant of the genus Trifolium with leaves usually divided into three (rarely four) leaflets and with white or red flowers.
    • 1636, G[eorge] S[andys], “[A Paraphrase upon the Second Booke of the Psalmes of David.] Psalme LXV.”, in A Paraphrase upon the Psalmes of David. And upon the Hymnes Dispersed throughout the Old and New Testaments, London: [Andrew Hebb []], OCLC 1203213428, page 101:
      He Raine upon her [the Earth's] boſom poures; / His ſvvelling clouds abound vvith ſhoures: / [] / The Deſert with ſvveet claver fills; / And richly ſhades the joyfull Hills.
  2. (cartomancy) The second Lenormand card, representing hope, optimism and short-term luck.

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  • Catalan: clóver

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