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Cloves (1).

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Noun

Singular
clove

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  1. A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree (Eugenia aromatica syn. Caryophullus aromatica), a native of the Molucca Isles.
  2. Any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic
  3. An old English measure of weight, containing 7 pounds (3.2 kg); half a stone.
    Quotations
    • 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.

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Etymology

From Old French clou (de girofle), meaning "nail" for its shape; this from Latin clavus (nail).

Verb

clove

  1. Simple past of cleave.

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