Definition of clove noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clove

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    BrE BrE//kləʊv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kloʊv//
     
    Herbs and spices
     
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] the dried flower of a tropical tree, used in cooking as a spice, especially to give flavour to sweet foods. Cloves look like small nails. See related entries: Herbs and spices
  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.
  3. see also cleave
    Word Origin sense 1 Middle English: from Old French clou de girofle, literally ‘nail of gillyflower’ (from its shape), gillyflower being originally the name of the spice and later applied to the similarly scented pink. sense 2 Old English clufu, of Germanic origin, corresponding to the first element of German Knoblauch (altered from Old High German klovolouh), and the base of cleave ‘to split something in two’.
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