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

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  • cleavers — [klēv′ərz] n. pl. cleavers [< CLEAVE2] any of various plants (genus Galium) of the madder family, esp. a weedy species ( G. aparine), with stalkless leaves arranged in whorls, clusters of small, white or yellow flowers, and square stems …   English World dictionary

  • Cleavers — Cleav ers, n. [From {Cleave} to stick.] (Bot.) A species of {Galium} ({Galium Aparine}), having a fruit set with hooked bristles, which adhere to whatever they come in contact with; called also, {goose grass}, {catchweed}, etc. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cleavers — Goose Goose (g[=oo]s), n.; pl. {Geese} (g[=e]s). [OE. gos, AS. g[=o]s, pl. g[=e]s; akin to D. & G. gans, Icel. g[=a]s, Dan. gaas, Sw. g[*a]s, Russ. guse. OIr. geiss, L. anser, for hanser, Gr. chh n, Skr. ha[.m]sa. [root]233. Cf. {Gander},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cleavers — /klee veuhrz/, n., pl. cleavers. 1. a North American plant, Galium aparine, of the madder family, having short, hooked bristles on the stems and leaves and bearing very small white flowers. 2. any of certain related species. Also, clivers. Also… …   Universalium

  • cleavers — kibusis lipikas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raudinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Galium aparine), paplitęs visame pasaulyje. atitikmenys: lot. Galium aparine angl. catchweed bedstraw; cleavers; goose grass šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • cleavers — noun Galium aparine, a herbaceous annual plant of the family Rubiaceae …   Wiktionary

  • cleavers — n. bedstraw, catchweed (also clivers) cleav·er || klɪːvÉ™(r) n. heavy butcher knife; someone or something which cleaves …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cleavers — plural noun [treated as sing. or plural] another term for goosegrass. Origin OE clīfe; related to cleave2 …   English new terms dictionary

  • cleavers — n. [Written also Clivers.] Hariff, goose grass, catch weed, scratch weed (Galium aparine) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • cleavers — cleav·ers …   English syllables

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