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Definition of CLOVE

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Clove \Clove\, n. [D. kloof. See {Cleave}, v. t.] A cleft; a gap; a ravine; -- rarely used except as part of a proper name; as, Kaaterskill Clove; Stone Clove. [1913 Webster]

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Clove \Clove\, n. [OE. clow, fr. F. clou nail, clou de girofle a clove, lit. nail of clove, fr. L. clavus nail, perh. akin to clavis key, E. clavicle. The clove was so called from its resemblance to a nail. So in D. kruidnagel clove, lit. herb-nail or spice-nail. Cf. {Cloy}.] A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree ({Eugenia aromatica} syn. {Caryophullus aromatica}), a native of the Molucca Isles. [1913 Webster]

     {Clove camphor}. (Chem.) See {Eugenin}.

     {Clove gillyflower}, {Clove pink} (Bot.), any fragrant self-colored carnation. [1913 Webster]

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Clove \Clove\, imp. of {Cleave}.
     Cleft. --Spenser.
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     {Clove hitch} (Naut.) See under {Hitch}.

     {Clove hook} (Naut.), an iron two-part hook, with jaws overlapping, used in bending chain sheets to the clews of sails; -- called also {clip hook}. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

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Clove \Clove\, n. [AS. clufe an ear of corn, a clove of garlic; cf. cle['o]fan to split, E. cleave.]
     1. (Bot.) One of the small bulbs developed in the axils of the scales of a large bulb, as in the case of garlic. [1913 Webster]

              Developing, in the axils of its skales, new bulbs, of what gardeners call cloves.        --Lindley. [1913 Webster]

     2. A weight. A clove of cheese is about eight pounds, of wool, about seven pounds. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

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Cleave \Cleave\ (kl[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Cleft} (kl[e^]ft), {Clave} (kl[=a]v, Obs.), {Clove} (kl[=o]v, Obsolescent); p. p. {Cleft}, {Cleaved} (kl[=e]vd) or {Cloven} (kl[=o]"v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleoven, cleven, AS. cle['o]fan; akin to OS. klioban, D. klooven, G. klieben, Icel. klj[=u]fa, Sw. klyfva, Dan. kl["o]ve and prob. to Gr. gly`fein to carve, L. glubere to peel. Cf. {Cleft}.]
     1. To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut. [1913 Webster]

              O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To part or open naturally; to divide.
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              Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws.                 --Deut. xiv.
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