• 5. Clove-Hitch
    5. Clove-Hitch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clove spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground
    • n clove one of the small bulblets that can be split off of the axis of a larger garlic bulb
    • n clove moderate sized very symmetrical red-flowered evergreen widely cultivated in the tropics for its flower buds which are source of cloves
    • n clove aromatic flower bud of a clove tree; yields a spice
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Boat Knot.  Sheet bend and Toggle. Clove Hitch  Half Hitch  Timber Hitch Boat Knot. Sheet bend and Toggle. Clove Hitch Half Hitch Timber Hitch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The itch from a mosquito bite can be soothed by cutting open a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bite
    • n Clove A cleft; a gap; a ravine; -- rarely used except as part of a proper name; as, Kaaterskill Clove; Stone Clove .
    • n Clove A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree (Eugenia aromatica syn. Caryophullus aromatica), a native of the Molucca Isles.
    • Clove A weight. A clove of cheese is about eight pounds, of wool, about seven pounds.
    • imp Clove Cleft.
    • Clove (Bot) One of the small bulbs developed in the axils of the scales of a large bulb, as in the case of garlic. "Developing, in the axils of its skales, new bulbs, of what gardeners call cloves ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clove Preterit, and formerly sometimes (for cloven, to which the o in pret. clove is due) past participle, of cleave.
    • n clove One of the small bulbs formed in the axils of the scales of a mother bulb, as in garlic.
    • n clove A ravine or rocky fissure; a gorge: as, the Kaaterskill clove in the Catskill mountains.
    • n clove A very pungent aromatic spice, the dried flower-buds of Eugenia caryophyllata, of the natural order Myrtaccæ, originally of the Moluccas, but now cultivated in Zanzibar, the West Indies, Brazil, and other tropical regions. The tree is a handsome evergreen, from 15 to 30 feet high, with large, elliptic, smooth leaves and numerous purplish flowers on jointed stalks. Every part of the plant abounds in the volatile oil for which the flower-buds are prized. Cloves are very largely used as a spice, and in medicine for their stimulant and aromatic properties.
    • n clove The tree which bears cloves.
    • n clove [F. clou, a nail: see etym.] A long spike-nail.
    • n clove In England, a weight of cheese, etc. A statute of 1430 makes the clove equal to 7 pounds. The word is still used in Suffolk and Essex for a weight of 8 pounds of cheese or wool, as a division of the wey.
    • n clove A cleft; an opening: as, the clove in the roving-carriage of a cotton-jenny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.t Clove klōv of Cleave
    • n Clove klōv the unexpanded flower-bud of the clove-tree, a native of the Moluccas, used as a spice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. clow, fr. F. clou, nail, clou de girofle, a clove, lit. nail of clove, fr. L. clavus, nail, perh. akin to clavis, key, E. clavicle,. The clove was so called from its resemblance to a nail. So in D. kruidnagel, clove, lit. herb-nail, or spice-nail,. Cf. Cloy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clou, in full clou de girofle, nail of the girofle, so called from the shape of the bud and its stalk—L. clavus, a nail.


In literature:

Opposite Hunter is the most beautiful view of the Stony Clove.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
In her deserted house, soda would lose its strength, and even cloves decay.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
A Saracen dashed his falchion at the king's head, but Ronald with a mighty blow clove the infidel's skull in two.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
Orn Skinner's tongue clove to the roof of his mouth.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Add the cloves, bay leaf, and seasonings, and simmer for 1 hour.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
This stud, as its name indicates, is in the form of a clove, which is sacred food and is eaten on fast-days.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
He clove his way between those walking abreast, and struck down an arm extended to point out the Law Courts.
"Better Dead" by J. M. Barrie
If there is a cavity, a small piece of cotton moistened with oil of cloves and packed well into it may give much relief.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
I have cloves in my purse: I never go without one in my mouth.
"In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)" by Harrison S. Morris
Then, from the ice-cold bottom, rising as a meteor darts across the sky, the great fish clove the water to the surface.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

In poetry:

On that far-famed spot by Lodi
Where Napoleon clove his way
To his fame, when like a god he
Bent the nations to his sway.
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
And from his smoking corse she tore
His head, half clove in two.
She ceased, and from beneath her garb
The bloody trophy drew.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Her he eyed: his judgement was one word,
Foulbed! and she fell: the blow clove two.
Fearful for the third,
All their breath indrew.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
These were the four loves faded. Hold
Some minutes fast the time of gold
When our lips each way clung and clove
To a face full of love.
"The Year of Love" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Take roses red and lilies white,
A kitchen garden's my delight;
Its gillyflowers and phlox and cloves,
And its tall cote of irised doves.
"The Choice" by Katharine Tynan
The first stroke that young Edward ga'e,
He struck with might and main;
He clove the Maitland's helmet stout,
And bit right nigh the brain.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Photo by Sam Zomer This heritage turkey was wrapped in bacon and studded with cloves, then smoked over cherry wood.
5 garlic cloves finely chopped.
1 large clove garlic - chopped small.
1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled.
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced.
1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic.
6 dried tomato halves (or you can use the ones packed in oil if you wish-drain of oil)3 cloves garlic, presses2 tbsp.
Jones Dairy Farm Cherry Hardwood Bacon 2 medium Vidalia onions, medium diced 1 cup olive oil 16 cloves garlic, roasted in olive oil 8 individual sprigs fresh rosemary 1 lb.
Honey 5 large cloves garlic, minced 3 cups olive oil 2 /3 cup parsley, fresh, minced 6 stalks green onions, chopped 1 Tbsp.
Capers 2-3 cloves garlic juice of 1 lemon 1 Tbsp.
Add 1 large garlic clove, 2 fresh serrano chiles and 1/4 tsp.
1 clove garlic, minced 1-2 tsp.
1 pound cheese tortellini 2 large portobello mushrooms 1 TBSP cooking oil 1 TBSP chopped fresh parsley 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces Alfredo-style pasta sauce salt and pepper to taste 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Use up that huge tub of peeled cloves with these recipes.
3 to 4 cloves garlic, crushed.

In science:

Butterfly knot, clove hitch knot, Gordian knot, hangman’s knot, vipers’ tangle - knots are familiar ob jects, symbols of complexity, occasionally metaphors for evil.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4