melilot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n melilot erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Melilot (Bot) Any species of Melilotus, a genus of leguminous herbs having a vanillalike odor; sweet clover; hart's clover. The blue melilot (Melilotus cærulea) is used in Switzerland to give color and flavor to sapsago cheese.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n melilot A plant of the genus Melilotus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Melilot mel′i-lot a genus of clover-like plants with white or yellow flowers and a peculiar sweet odour.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mélilot, L. melilotus, fr. Gr. , , a kind of clover containing honey; me`li honey + lotus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. melilōtosmeli, honey, lōtos, lotus.

Usage

In literature:

He liked the pure fragrance of melilot.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
It's a hay cheese, flavored heavily with melilot, a kind of clover that's also grown for hay.
"The Complete Book of Cheese" by Robert Carlton Brown
So they asked their mother to teach them a spell that should rob Melilot of her charms, and make them useless in the eyes of men.
"The Field of Clover" by Laurence Housman
The former is also called Bokhara clover, White Melilot and Tree clover.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
He liked the pure fragrance of melilot.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
The whole plant smells of melilot; even after it has been dried and kept for years it does not lose this scent.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The blossoms of lilacs, May lilies, daphnes, and melilots mingled their various hues in the thickets.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
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In poetry:

Her neck is like white melilote
Flushing for pleasure of the sun,
The throbbing of the linnet's throat
Is not so sweet to look upon.
"La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente" by Oscar Wilde