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clover Low-growing annual, biennial, and perennial plants, native to temperate Europe, but now found throughout warmer regions of the n Hemisphere. The leaves have three leaflets, rarely four, and the dense flower clusters are white, red, purple, pink or yellow. Some species are grown for cattle, others by beekeepers as a source of nectar. Most species are good nitrogen-fixers, due to bacteria in their root nodules, which help to enrich soil. Family Fabaceae/Leguminosae; genus Trifolium. See also nitrogen cycle; nitrogen fixation

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clo·ver / ˈklōvər/ • n. a herbaceous plant (genus Trifolium) of the pea family that has dense, globular flowerheads and leaves that are typically three-lobed. It is an important and widely grown fodder. PHRASES: in clover in ease and luxury.

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clover OE. clāfre = (M)LG., Du. klāver :- Gmc. *klaibrōn, the first syll. of which corr. to OS. klē, OHG. klēo (G. klee) :- WGmc. *klaiwa clover. The common XV–XVII var. claver may repr. OE. clǣfre, or may be of LG. or Du. orig.

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clover a plant whose leaves which are typically three-lobed; a four-leaved clover is a traditional symbol of luck.
in clover in ease and luxury. This sense of the phrase, dating from the early 18th century, refers to clover's being particularly attractive to livestock.

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clover See TRIFOLIUM.