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Cloves (1).

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English clove, an alteration of earlier clowe, borrowed from the first component of Old French clou de girofle, from Latin clāvus (nail) for its shape. Also see clāva (knotty branch, club).

NounEdit

clove (countable and uncountable, plural cloves)

  1. (uncountable, countable) A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree.
  2. (countable) A clove tree, of the species Syzygium aromaticum (syn. Caryophyllus aromaticus), native to the Moluccas (Indonesian islands), which produces the spice.
  3. (countable) An old English measure of weight, containing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), i.e. half a stone.
    • 1843, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge p. 202.
      Seven pounds make a clove, 2 cloves a stone, 2 stone a tod 6 1/2 tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. The 'Pathway' points out the etymology of the word cloves; it calls them ' claves or nails.' It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds.
    • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 1, page 169:
      By a statute of 9 Hen. VI. it was ordained that the wey of cheese should contain 32 cloves of 7 lbs. each, i.e. 224 lbs., or 2 cwts.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English clove, from Old English clufu, cognate with cleofan (to split), hence with the verbal etymology hereafter.

 
Peeled cloves of garlic

NounEdit

clove (plural cloves)

  1. Any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic
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Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

clove

  1. simple past tense of cleave
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Etymology 4Edit

Borrowed from Dutch kloof.

NounEdit

clove (plural cloves)

  1. (geography) A narrow valley with steep sides, used in areas of North America first settled by the Dutch

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InterlingueEdit

NounEdit

clove (plural cloves)

  1. nail (fastener)

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Inherited from Old English clufu, clofu; compare cleven.

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NounEdit

clove (plural cloves)

  1. clove (bulb of garlic)
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old French clou de girofle.

NounEdit

clove

  1. Alternative form of clowe

Etymology 3Edit

From Old English clofen, past participle of clēofan.

NounEdit

clove

  1. Alternative form of cloven

Etymology 4Edit

From Old English clēaf, 1st- and 3rd- person simple past singular of clēofan, with the vowel from the past participle.

VerbEdit

clove

  1. simple past singular of cleven (to split)