Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands (or Moluccas) in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are available throughout the year owing to different harvest seasons in different countries.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kləʊv/
- (General American) IPA(key): /kloʊv/
- Rhymes: -əʊv
From Middle English clove, an alteration of earlier clowe, borrowed from the first component of Old French clou (de girofle), from Latin clāvus (“nail”) for its shape. Also see clāva (“knotty branch, club”). Doublet of clou.
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