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clo·ver

 (klō′vər)
n.
1. Any of various herbs of the genus Trifolium in the pea family, having trifoliolate leaves and dense heads of small flowers and including species grown for forage, for erosion control, and as a source of nectar for honeybees.
2. Any of several other plants in the pea family, such as bush clover and sweet clover.
3. Any of several nonleguminous plants, such as water clover.
Idiom:
in clover
Living a carefree life of ease, comfort, or prosperity.

[Middle English, from Old English clāfre.]

clover

(ˈkləʊvə) or

clovergrass

n
1. (Plants) any plant of the leguminous genus Trifolium, having trifoliate leaves and dense flower heads. Many species, such as red clover, white clover, and alsike, are grown as forage plants
2. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants
3. (Plants) sweet clover another name for melilot
4. (Plants) pin clover another name for alfilaria
5. in clover informal in a state of ease or luxury
[Old English clāfre; related to Old High German klēo, Middle Low German klēver, Dutch klāver]

clo•ver

(ˈkloʊ vər)

n., pl. -vers, (esp. collectively) -ver.
1. any of various plants of the genus Trifolium, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and dense flower heads, many species of which are cultivated as forage plants.
2. any of various plants of allied genera, as melilot.
Idioms:
in clover, luxuriating in a life of wealth and comfort.
[before 900; Middle English clovere, Old English clāfre; akin to Old Saxon klē, Old High German klēo]
clo′vered, adj.
clo′ver•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clover - a plant of the genus Trifoliumclover - a plant of the genus Trifolium  
genus Trifolium, Trifolium - any leguminous plant having leaves divided into three leaflets
alpine clover, Trifolium alpinum - European mountain clover with fragrant usually pink flowers
lesser yellow trefoil, Trifolium dubium, hop clover, shamrock - clover native to Ireland with yellowish flowers; often considered the true or original shamrock
crimson clover, Italian clover, Trifolium incarnatum - southern European annual with spiky heads of crimson flower; extensively cultivated in United States for forage
purple clover, red clover, Trifolium pratense - erect to decumbent short-lived perennial having red-purple to pink flowers; the most commonly grown forage clover
Trifolium reflexum, Trifolium stoloniferum, buffalo clover - clover of western United States
dutch clover, shamrock, Trifolium repens, white clover - creeping European clover having white to pink flowers and bright green leaves; naturalized in United States; widely grown for forage
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Translations
بَرْسيم، نَفَل
jetel
kløver
apila
lóhere
smári
dobilasdobilai
āboliņš
trifoi
ďatelina
klöver
конюшина

clover

[ˈkləʊvəʳ] Ntrébol m
to be in clovervivir a cuerpo de rey

clover

[ˈkləʊvər] ntrèfle m
to be in clover (= living in luxury) → être comme un coq en pâte

clover

nKlee m; to be/live in cloverwie Gott in Frankreich leben

clover

[ˈkləʊvəʳ] ntrifoglio
a four-leaved clover → un quadrifoglio
red clover → trifoglio pratense or rosso
white clover → trifoglio bianco
to be in clover (fam) → nuotare nell'abbondanza

clover

(ˈkləuvə) noun
a plant with leaves in three parts, used as food for cattle etc.
References in classic literature ?
The very cattle looked more tranquil than ours, as they stood knee-deep in clover, and the hens had a contented cluck, as if they never got nervous like Yankee biddies.
Across a long field that had been seeded for clover but that had produced only a dense crop of yellow mustard weeds, he could see the public highway along which went a wagon filled with berry pickers returning from the fields.
It was often his delight, after his school was dismissed in the afternoon, to stretch himself on the rich bed of clover bordering the little brook that whimpered by his school-house, and there con over old Mather's direful tales, until the gathering dusk of evening made the printed page a mere mist before his eyes.
Whenever the cars stopped a warm breeze blew upon him, a breeze laden with the perfume of fresh fields, of honeysuckle and clover.
He remembered the other pair of challenging blue ones that had darted coquettish glances through half-dropped lids, shot arrowy beams from under archly lifted brows, and said gravely, "Don't form yourself on her, Rebecca; clover blossoms that grow in the fields beside Sunnybrook mustn't be tied in the same bouquet with gaudy sunflowers; they are too sweet and fragrant and wholesome.
The cold repast was over, and the party were to go out once more to see what had not yet been seen, the old Abbey fishponds; perhaps get as far as the clover, which was to be begun cutting on the morrow, or, at any rate, have the pleasure of being hot, and growing cool again.
For now, the very breath of the beans and clover whispered to my heart that the day must come when it would be well for my memory that others walking in the sunshine should be softened as they thought of me.
Over on the far side of the brook in a tiny bay floated three lily-pads; and from amid some clover blossoms on the bank an industrious bee rose with the hum of busy contentment.
He came from hot plowshares to prospects of clover tranquilly, and it was as if hot plowshares were not.
DOWN among the grass and fragrant clover lay little Eva by the brook-side, watching the bright waves, as they went singing by under the drooping flowers that grew on its banks.
Either they respect or they fear me, which is more likely, but they let me trample down the clover with my dogs, insult and obstruct every one, and I come back still more weary and low-spirited, that's all.
Poor Clover has been a good deal troubled with her second teeth, which have made her meagre in aspect and rather fractious in temper; nor, even when she smiles, is the matter much mended, since it discloses a gap just within her lips, almost as wide as the barn door.