Definition of cleavers in English:

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cleavers

Pronunciation: /ˈklēvərz/

plural noun

[treated as singular or plural]
A widely distributed scrambling plant related to bedstraws, with hooked bristles on the stem, leaves, and seeds that cling to fur and clothing. Also called goosegrass.
  • Galium aparine, family Rubiaceae.
Example sentences
  • The formula contained nettle leaf, violet leaf, wild oat seed, chamomile flowers, cleavers and fenugreek seed added to warm spearmint tea or diluted juice.
  • Finally, one other dried herb formula blends 2 parts echinacea, 1 part cleavers, 1 part goldenseal and 1 part phytolacca.
  • Weed killers remove wildflowers and traditional grasses, then more aggressive species such as cleavers, thistles and nettles colonise.

Origin

Old English clīfe, related to cleave2.

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Syllabification: cleav·ers

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