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cleavers definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: annual having the stem beset with curved prickles; North America and Europe and Asia [syn: cleavers, clivers, goose grass, catchweed, spring cleavers, Galium aparine]

Merriam Webster's

noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Middle English clivre, alteration of Old English clife burdock, cleavers; akin to Old English clifian Date: 14th century an annual bedstraw (Galium aparine) having many stalked white flowers and stems covered with curved prickles; also any of several related plants

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also clivers) (treated as sing. or pl.) a plant, Galium aparine, having hooked bristles on its stem that catch on clothes etc. Also called GOOSEGRASS. Etymology: OE clife, formed as CLEAVE(2)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cleavers Cleav"ers, n. [From Cleave to stick.] (Bot.) A species of Galium (G. Aparine), having a fruit set with hooked bristles, which adhere to whatever they come in contact with; -- called also, goose grass, catchweed, etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Goose grass. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Galium (G. Aparine), a favorite food of geese; -- called also catchweed and cleavers. (b) A species of knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare). (c) The annual spear grass (Poa annua). Goose neck, anything, as a rod of iron or a pipe, curved like the neck of a goose; specially (Naut.), an iron hook connecting a spar with a mast. Goose quill, a large feather or quill of a goose; also, a pen made from it. Goose skin. See Goose flesh, above. Goose tongue (Bot.), a composite plant (Achillea ptarmica), growing wild in the British islands. Sea goose. (Zo["o]l.) See Phalarope. Solan goose. (Zo["o]l.) See Gannet.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. [Written also Clivers.] Hariff, goose-grass, catch-weed, scratch-weed (Galium aparine).



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