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 for Clove gillyflower
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gillyflower \Gil"ly*flow`er\, n. [OE. gilofre, gilofer, clove,
     OF. girofre, girofle, F. girofle: cf. F. girofl['e]e
     gillyflower, fr. girofle, Gr. ? clove tree; ? nut + ? leaf,
     akin to E. foliage. Cf. Caryophyllus, July-flower.]
     [Written also gilliflower.] (Bot.)
     1. A name given by old writers to the clove pink ({Dianthus
        Caryophyllus) but now to the common stock ({Matthiola
        incana), a cruciferous plant with showy and fragrant
        blossoms, usually purplish, but often pink or white.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A kind of apple, of a roundish conical shape, purplish red
        color, and having a large core.
     Clove gillyflower, the clove pink.
     Marsh gillyflower, the ragged robin ({Lychnis
     Queen's gillyflower, or Winter gillyflower, damewort.
     Sea+gillyflower,+the+thrift+({Armeria+vulgaris">Sea gillyflower, the thrift ({Armeria vulgaris).
     Wall+gillyflower,+the+wallflower+({Cheiranthus+Cheiri">Wall gillyflower, the wallflower ({Cheiranthus Cheiri).
     Water gillyflower, the water violet.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clove \Clove\, n. [OE. clow, fr. F. clou nail, clou de girofle a
     clove, lit. nail of clove, fr. L. clavus nail, perh. akin to
     clavis key, E. clavicle. The clove was so called from its
     resemblance to a nail. So in D. kruidnagel clove, lit.
     herb-nail or spice-nail. Cf. Cloy.]
     A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of
     the clove tree ({Eugenia aromatica syn. Caryophullus
     aromatica), a native of the Molucca Isles.
     [1913 Webster]
     Clove camphor. (Chem.) See Eugenin.
     Clove gillyflower, Clove pink (Bot.), any fragrant
        self-colored carnation.
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