Cleavers meaning

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An annual, climbing bedstraw (Galium aparine) found throughout North America and Eurasia, having hooked bristles on the stems, leaves, and fruit that cling to fur or clothing.
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Any of various other species in the genus Galium.
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Any of various plants (genus Galium) of the madder family, esp. a weedy species (G. aparine), with stalkless leaves arranged in whorls, clusters of small, white or yellow flowers, and square stems.
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Plural form of cleaver.
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(uncountable) Galium aparine, a herbaceous annual plant of the family Rubiaceae.
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Origin of cleavers

  • Middle English clivers probably blend of clife burdock (from Old English clīfe) clivres claws (from Old English clifras) (pl. of clifer)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition