Definition of clover in US English:

clover

noun

  • A herbaceous plant of the pea family that has dense, globular flower heads, and leaves that are typically three-lobed. It is an important and widely grown fodder and rotational crop.

    Genus Trifolium, family Leguminosae: many species, in particular red clover (T. pratense) and the creeping white clover (T. repens)

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

Phrases

  • in clover

    • In ease and luxury.

      ‘we'll be in clover down there, lying around in the sun and fishing on the lake’
      • ‘It keeps many thousands of people in work and a few of the well-placed 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.’
      • ‘As long as the price of the stock stays above what you paid for it, you're rolling 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.’
      • ‘How hard do these people have to ‘work’ to keep themselves 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.’
      • ‘This will keep you in clover for some time to come.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      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

/ˈkloʊvər//ˈklōvər/