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 clove 

1. Considered one of the world's most important spices, cloves are the dried, unopened flower bud of the tropical evergreen clovetree. Reddish brown and nail-shaped, their name comes from clavus ,the Latin word for nail. Cloves are sold whole or ground and can be used toflavor a multitude of dishes ranging from sweet to savory. See also SPICES; HERB AND SPICE CHART. 2. The term "clove" also refers to a segment of a bulb, such as ingarlic clove.

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.


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