Cleavers Definition

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.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
Any of various other species in the genus Galium.
American Heritage

Plural form of cleaver.


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

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