noun (plural cloves)
- A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree (Eugenia aromatica syn. Caryophullus aromatica), a native of the Molucca Isles.
- any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic
- an old English measure of weight, containing 7 pounds; half a stone.
- 1866: 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. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 169.
- French: gousse
- German: Gewí¼rznelke
- Italian: spicchio
- Spanish: diente
Etymology: From Old French clou (de girofle), meaning "nail" for its shape; this from Latin clavus (nail).
- Past participle of cleave
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