1 [klohv]
the dried flower bud of a tropical tree, Syzygium aromaticum, of the myrtle family, used whole or ground as a spice.
the tree itself.

1175–1225; Middle English clow(e), short for clow-gilofre < Old French clou de gilofre. See clou, gillyflower Unabridged


2 [klohv]
noun Botany.
one of the small bulbs formed in the axils of the scales of a mother bulb, as in garlic.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English clufu bulb (cognate with Middle Dutch clōve, Dutch kloof); akin to cleave2


4 [klohv]
a British unit of weight for wool, cheese, etc., usually equivalent to 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms).

1300–50; Middle English claue < Anglo-French clove, earlier clou, equivalent to Anglo-Latin clāvus, Latin: nail; see clove1 Unabridged
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clove1 (kləʊv)
1.  a tropical evergreen myrtaceous tree, Syzygium aromaticum, native to the East Indies but cultivated elsewhere, esp Zanzibar
2.  the dried unopened flower buds of this tree, used as a pungent fragrant spice
[C14: from Old French clou de girofle, literally: nail of clove, clou from Latin clāvus nail + girofle clove tree]

clove2 (kləʊv)
any of the segments of a compound bulb that arise from the axils of the scales of a large bulb
[Old English clufu bulb; related to Old High German klovolouh garlic; see cleave1]

clove3 (kləʊv)
a past tense of cleave

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Word Origin & History

"spice," early 13c., from O.Fr. clou (de girofle) "nail (of clove)," so called from its shape, from L. clavus "a nail" (see slot (2)).

"slice of garlic," O.E. clufu, from P.Gmc. *klubo "cleft, thing cloven."
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Example sentences
Spices might include cinnamon, nutmeg, mace or cloves.
The king awarded him a coat of arms embellished with two cinnamon sticks, three
  nutmegs and twelve cloves.
Or from a fancy nursery that smells of cloves and money.
Season the beans with the salt and remove the garlic cloves.
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