Clou de girofle

Close up of clove in a wooden spoon on old table

Syzygium aromaticum

Clove (Wikipedia)

Clove
Syzygium aromaticum - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-030.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Syzygium
Species:
S. aromaticum
Binomial name
Syzygium aromaticum
Synonyms
  • Caryophyllus aromaticus L.
  • Eugenia aromatica (L.) Baill.
  • Eugenia caryophyllata Thunb.
  • Eugenia caryophyllus (Spreng.) Bullock & S.G.Harrison

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.

Clove (Wiktionary)

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kləʊv/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /kloʊv/
  • Rhymes: -əʊv

Etymology 1

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.

Noun

clove (countable and uncountable, plural

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