Clove (?),

imp. of Cleave. Cleft.


Clove hitch Naut. See under Hitch. -- Clove hook Naut., an iron two-part hook, with jaws overlapping, used in bending chain sheets to the clews of sails; -- called also clip hook.



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Clove, n. [D. kloof. See Cleave, v. t.]

A cleft; a gap; a ravine; -- rarely used except as part of a proper name; as, Kaaterskill Clove; Stone Clove.


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Clove, n. [OE. clow, fr. F. clou nail, clou de girofle a clove, lit. nail of clove, fr. L. clavus nail, perh. akin to clavis key, E. clavicle. The clove was so called from its resemblance to a nail. So in D. kruidnagel clove, lit. herb-nail or spice-nail. Cf. Cloy.]

A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree (Eugenia, ∨ Caryophullus, aromatica), a native of the Molucca Isles.

Clove camphor. Chem. See Eugenin. -- Clove gillyflower, Clove pink Bot., any fragrant self-colored carnation.


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Clove, n. [AS. clufe an ear of corn, a clove of garlic; cf. cleofan to split, E. cleave.]

1. Bot.

One of the small bulbs developed in the axils of the scales of a large bulb, as in the case of garlic.

Developing, in the axils of its skales, new bulbs, of what gardeners call cloves. Lindley.


A weight. A clove of cheese is about eight pounds, of wool, about seven pounds.

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