- the dried flower bud of a tropical evergreen tree (Eugenia aromatica) of the myrtle family, originally native to the East Indies: used as a pungent, fragrant spice
- the tree
Origin of cloveMiddle English clowe from Old French clou (de girofle), literally , nail (of clove) from Classical Latin clavus, nail (see close); so called from its shape
Origin of cloveMiddle English from Old English clufu, akin to cleofan, to split: see cleave
- An evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum) native to the Moluccas and widely cultivated as a source of oil and for its aromatic dried flower buds.
- A flower bud of this plant, used whole or ground as a spice.
Origin of cloveMiddle English from Old French clou (de girofle) nail (of the clove tree) from Latin clāvus nail
Origin of cloveMiddle English from Old English clufu ; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots.
- A past tense of cleave1
- Archaic A past participle of cleave 1
An alteration of Middle English clowe, from the first component of Old French clou de girofle, from Latin clāvus (“nail”) for its shape. Also see clāva (“knotty branch, club”)
From Middle English, from Old English clufu, cognate with cleofan (“to split”), hence with the verbal etymology hereafter
- simple past tense of cleave
- A narrow valley with steep sides, used in areas of North America first settled by the Dutch
- Mainly used in proper names, such as Kaaterskill Clove.