Claver is the form in B. Googe, Lyte, Gerarde, Cotgrave, Surflet & Markham, Bacon, Coles, Parkinson, Salmon.
a. The common name of the species of Trefoil ( Trifolium, family Leguminosæ), esp. T. repens and T. pratense, both largely cultivated for fodder.
b. With qualifying words, indicating the different species: esp. clustered clover n. Trifolium glomeratum. red clover n. (or meadow clover) ( broad clover clover-grass n.), Trifolium pratense, and white clover n. (or Dutch clover) T. repens. Also alsike clover, T. hybridum; cow clover, T. medium and T. pratense; crimson clover or carnation clover, T. incarnatum; hare's-foot clover, Trifolium arvense; hop clover, T. procumbens; strawberry clover, T. fragiferum; trefoil clover or zig-zag clover, T. medium; yellow clover, T. procumbens and T. minus.
2. Applied in different localities, with qualifying word prefixed, to many plants of the same order, or with similar characters; as bird's-foot clover, cat's clover, Lotus corniculatus; Calvary clover, Medicago Echinus; heart clover, spotted clover, Medicago maculata; yellow clover, Medicago lupulina; horned clover, snail clover, species of Medicago; Bokhara clover, Melilotus vulgaris; †garden clover, Melilotus cærulea; hart's clover, king's clover, plaister clover, Melilotus officinalis; marsh clover, Menyanthes trifoliata; cuckoo's clover, gowk's clover, lady's clover, sour clover, Oxalis acetosella; thousand-leaved clover, Achillea Millefolium; Soola clover or Maltese clover, Hedysarum coronarium. Also in U.S.: bush clover, Lespedeza; prairie clover, Petalostemon; sweet clover, Melilotus.
3. Phrase. to live (or be) in clover : ‘to live luxuriously; clover being extremely delicious and fattening to cattle’ (Johnson).
clover honey n. that gathered from these flowers respectively.
Clover Club n. the name of a club in Philadelphia, used to designate a cocktail made from gin, white of egg, lemon or lime juice, and grenadine.
clover-dodder n. Cuscuta Trifolii.
clover-fern n. Austral. nardoo.
clover-hay worm n. the larva of a small moth, Asopia costalis, very destructive to clover-hay in North America.
clover-huller n. a machine for separating clover-seed from the hulls.
clover-leaf n. a system of intersecting roads from different levels, in form resembling the leaf of clover; freq. attrib.
clover-leaf sight n. (see quot.).
clover-ley n. (also clover-lay) (see quots.).
clover-sheller n. = clover-huller n. above.
clover-sick adj. (of land) that has been too continuously kept under clover and that will no longer grow or support it.
clover summer n. fig. an exceptional time.
clover-thrasher n. = clover-huller n. above.
clover-weevil n. a small weevil, Apion apricans, which feeds on the seeds of clover.
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