Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. See bedstraw.

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  • n. Plural form of cleaver.
  • n. Galium aparine, a herbaceous annual plant of the family Rubiaceae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, Galium Aparine, also called goose-grass, used to some extent in medicine as a diuretic and sudorific.
  • n. Tufts of grass.
  • n. [In form clivers.] The refuse of wheat.
  • n. Any plant of the genus Galium, such as bedstraw, goose-grass, etc., the numerous species being distinguished by appropriate qualifying names.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. annual having the stem beset with curved prickles; North America and Europe and Asia

Etymologies

Middle English clivers, probably blend of clife, burdock (from Old English clīfe) and clivres, claws (from Old English clifras, pl. of clifer).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Be on the lookout for late flushes of annual broadleaved weeds such as cleavers, charlock and polygonums, as the recent rains and open crops are encouraging factors.

    FWi - All News

  • Higher rates will be needed if spraying post-emergence especially if targeting the more difficult weeds such as cleavers and / or poppies with Katamaran (metazachlor + quinmerac).

    FWi - All News

  • Higher rates will be needed if spraying post-emergence especially if targeting the more difficult weeds such as cleavers and/or poppies with Katamaran (metazachlor + quinmerac).

    FWi - All News

  • 'cleavers' or 'cliver,' and the wild madder (_Rubia pelegrina_), are instances of this -- then there are others which send out simple tendrils from the point of each leaf.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 454 Volume 18, New Series, September 11, 1852

  • • Play on the computer and surf the Internet, so long as they paid for their Neopet Usuki dolls and World of Warcraft abomination cleavers out of their own allowances.

    In Defense of the Guilty, Ambivalent, Preoccupied Western Mom

  • In this case, the cocktail, which is little more than a few sticks of sugarcane steeped in rum, lime, and mint, requires a couple of people with handsaws to cut the tough cane into manageable pieces, two more with cleavers to pare away the bark, and anywhere from two to eight more cooks to trim the cane first into flat planks and then into precisely measured sticks.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • With cleavers, the cooks struggle to pare away enough bone to render the spine fragile enough to break, then carefully scoop out the gelatinous marrow inside.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • But a few years after I left the bad guys moved from being “American Graffiti” style punks to being gangbangers, and converted from carrying brass knuckles, switchblades, and the occasional .32 to carrying lead-filled baseball bats, meat cleavers, and Uzis.

    Matthew Yglesias » Getting to Effectiveness

  • He had early learned that it was wise to get along well with sea-cooks, since sea-cocks were notoriously given to going suddenly lunatic and slicing and hacking up their shipmates with butcher knives and meat cleavers on the slightest remembered provocation.

    CHAPTER X

  • Soon after we arrived, the Marriott was crawling with enthusiasts sporting meat cleavers in their heads or similarly gruesome wounds.

    Inbred Jed

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