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Clover

Clover is the name of a genus of wildflower, usually with three leaves but occasionally it has four leaves, which is considered lucky. The word comes from Old English cāfre via Proto-Germanic *klaibrǭ (clover), which is of uncertain origin though perhaps deriving from Proto-Germanic *klaiwaz, itself derived from PIE root word *gleh₁y- (to smear; to stick, glue).

Clover is also an English surname, a variant of Cleaver meaning “one who cleaves”, an occupational name for someone who who split wood into planks instead of sawing them. It comes from Old English clēofan (to cleave, to split) derived from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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