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n 1 a  :  the pungent fragrant aromatic reddish brown dried flower bud of a tropical evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum) of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that yields clove oil  b  :  a spice consisting of whole or ground cloves - usu. used in pl.  2  :  the tree that is the source of cloves and is probably native to the Moluccas but is now widely cultivated in the tropics .
Similar sounding terms:  calf  cal·va  cla·va  clavi 

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