• (RP) IPA: /kləʊv/
  • (America) IPA: /kloʊv/


  1. (uncountable, countable) A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree.
  2. (countable) A clove tree, of the species Syzygium aromaticum (syn. Caryophyllus aromaticus), native to the Moluccas (Indonesian islands), which produces the spice.
  3. (countable) An old English measure of weight, containing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), i.e. half a stone. attention en
    • 1843, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge p. 202.
      Seven pounds make a clove, 2 cloves a stone, 2 stone a tod frac 6 tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. The 'Pathway' points out the etymology of the word cloves; it calls them ' claves or nails.' It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds.
Related terms Translations Noun

clove (plural cloves)

  1. Any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic
Translations Verb
  1. simple past tense of cleave
Related terms Noun

clove (plural cloves)

  1. (geography) A narrow valley with steep sides, used in areas of North America first settled by the Dutch

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