noun, plural clovers (especially collectively) clover.
any of various plants of the genus Trifolium, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and dense flower heads, many species of which, as T. pratense, are cultivated as forage plants.
any of various plants of allied genera, as melilot.
in clover, enjoying luxury or comfort; wealthy or well-off: They struggled to make their fortune, and now they're in clover.

before 900; Middle English clovere, Old English clāfre; akin to German Klee

clovered, adjective
clovery, adjective Unabridged
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clover (ˈkləʊvə)
1.  any plant of the leguminous genus Trifolium, having trifoliate leaves and dense flower heads. Many species, such as red clover, white clover, and alsike, are grown as forage plants
2.  any of various similar or related plants
3.  sweet clover another name for melilot
4.  pin clover another name for alfilaria
5.  informal in clover in a state of ease or luxury
[Old English clāfre; related to Old High German klēo, Middle Low German klēver, Dutch klāver]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. clafre, from P.Gmc. *klaibron. First ref. in Eng. to luck of a four-leaf clover is from 1507. To be in clover "live luxuriously" is 1710, "clover being extremely delicious and fattening to cattle" [Johnson].
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Computing Dictionary

Clover definition

communications, protocol
A protocoll similar to packet radio or AMTOR.
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Idioms & Phrases


see like pigs in clover.

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Example sentences
Farmers used to allow nitrogen fixing plants such as clover in cornfields.
Clover honey, for instance, comes from bees that visit only clover flowers.
Horses, experimental subjects of the agriculture department, munch clover in
  the field outside his window.
Those who duck beneath the boughs encounter a path carpeted with clover and
  mugwort, traditional healing plants.
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