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Definition of clove noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the dried flower of a tropical tree, used in cooking as a spice, especially to give flavor to sweet foods. Cloves look like small nails.
  2. 2[countable] a garlic clove a clove of garlic one of the small separate sections of a bulb (= the round underground part) of garlic Use one crushed clove of garlic. see also cleave
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: clove

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