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clove

Postby Eileen Opiolka » Tue Aug 09, 2022 3:39 am

Looking at my spices, I realised cloves come from garlic as well as from the Syzygium, a lovely Scrabble word. Two quite separate etymologies, I gather. Cloven skies and cloven hoofs all come to mind.

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Re: clove

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Aug 14, 2022 7:46 pm

The spice clove is an accidental homograph of the verbs clove, which we've already done in cleave.
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