Definition of clover in English:

clover

noun

mass noun
  • A herbaceous plant of the pea family, with dense globular flower heads and leaves which are typically three-lobed. It is an important fodder and rotational crop.

    • ‘He was pleased to find both yarrow and clover blossoms in the field.’
    • ‘They had planted some basil and clover, which would hopefully grow pretty fast.’
    • ‘They use compost and cover crops like crimson clover and mustard to replenish the soil.’
    • ‘Cover crops included crimson clover, generally planted in the off-season to protect the soil.’
    • ‘Leguminous plants such as clover evolved in parallel with legions of bacteria that live in their root nodules.’
    • ‘Jean's honey is mainly produced from the nectar of clover, alfalfa and fireweed.’
    • ‘Cover crops containing clover and other legumes should also be monitored carefully as they might add excessive nitrogen to the vineyard soil.’
    • ‘To attract these flies, plant some dill, parsley and sweet clover in your garden.’
    • ‘We found it quite quickly, a patch of grass with yellow gorse bushes dotted here and there around, blue vetch and clover, bright red Herb Robert.’
    • ‘Butterflies and bogflies flutter above and around trefoils, daisies, clovers, sea-pinks and orchids.’
    • ‘Much of the honey on sale in most countries is from clover and similar field crops.’
    • ‘The plants sprouting now include grasses, clovers, dandelions, several types of thistle, mustards, and small composites.’
    • ‘First the air filled with the smells of clover, wet grass, and honeysuckle.’
    • ‘The organic farmer relies on the use of crop rotations, animal manure, clover and low stocking rates.’
    • ‘Legumes, like clover, are very efficient at breaking down rock phosphate into more available forms.’
    • ‘Creeping perennials, like clover or bracken, seem to move around in the environment.’
    • ‘A four-course rotation was adopted based on turnips, clover, barley, and wheat.’
    • ‘There are sprinklings of yellow and white from buttercups and clover, and dock weeds tower above the lot.’
    • ‘The image is framed by a garland of wheat, clover, and flax flowers.’
    • ‘As for clover, why not leave this attractive plant and good luck charm alone?’

Phrases

  • in clover

    • In ease and luxury.

      ‘we'll be in clover down there, lying around in the sun and fishing on the lake’
      ‘food retailers are in clover’
      • ‘For its die-hard players the lottery has become a form of soft addiction - a weekly stab at a life in clover that is just too tempting to resist.’
      • ‘‘If this figure was reached we would be in clover,’ he states.’
      • ‘By contrast, many women find themselves in clover financially when their love life disintegrates.’
      • ‘The soft play area keeps the kids in clover and the food is superb.’
      • ‘This means that one-off innovations are not enough to keep a company or country in clover.’
      • ‘They want to be ruled by ‘strong leaders’ who will ‘do whatever it takes’ to protect them from harm and keep them in clover.’
      • ‘The numbers tell us that the possibility of a well-funded pension capable of keeping a person in clover from early retirement is highly unlikely.’
      • ‘This will keep you in clover for some time to come.’
      • ‘It keeps many thousands of people in work and a few of the well-placed in clover.’
      • ‘How hard do these people have to ‘work’ to keep themselves in clover?’
      • ‘As long as the price of the stock stays above what you paid for it, you're rolling in clover.’
      thriving, doing well, prospering, buoyant, expanding, flourishing, successful, strong, vigorous, productive, profitable, booming, burgeoning, fruitful, roaring, golden, palmy
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Origin

Old English clāfre, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch klaver and German Klee.

Pronunciation

clover

/ˈkləʊvə/