Definitions for: Clove


[n] spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground
[n] one of the small bulblets that can be split off of the axis of a larger garlic bulb
[n] moderate sized very symmetrical red-flowered evergreen widely cultivated in the tropics for its flower buds which are source of cloves
[n] aromatic flower bud of a clove tree; yields a spice



Webster (1913) Definition: Clove, imp. of Cleave.
Cleft. --Spenser.

Clove hitch (Naut.) See under Hitch.

Clove hook (Naut.), an iron two-part hook, with jaws
overlapping, used in bending chain sheets to the clews of
sails; -- called also clip hook. --Knight.


Clove, n. [D. kloof. See Cleave, v. t.]
A cleft; a gap; a ravine; -- rarely used except as part of a
proper name; as, Kaaterskill Clove; Stone Clove.


Clove, n. [OE. clow, fr. F. clou nail, clou de girofle a
clove, lit. nail of clove, fr. L. clavus nail, perh. akin to
clavis key, E. clavicle. The clove was so called from its
resemblance to a nail. So in D. kruidnagel clove, lit.
herb-nail or spice-nail. Cf. Cloy.]
A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of
the clove tree (Eugenia, or Caryophullus, aromatica), a
native of the Molucca Isles.

Clove camphor. (Chem.) See Eugenin.

Clove gillyflower, Clove pink (Bot.), any fragrant
self-colored carnation.


Clove, n. [AS. clufe an ear of corn, a clove of garlic;
cf. cle['o]fan to split, E. cleave.]
1. (Bot.) One of the small bulbs developed in the axils of
the scales of a large bulb, as in the case of garlic.

Developing, in the axils of its skales, new bulbs,
of what gardeners call cloves. --Lindley.



2. A weight. A clove of cheese is about eight pounds, of
wool, about seven pounds. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

Synonyms: clove tree, Eugenia aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllatum, garlic clove, Syzygium aromaticum

See Also: ail, clove, clove, flower bud, garlic, genus Syzygium, spice, spice tree, Syzygium

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