Sinonimi: garlic clove | clove tree | Syzygium aromaticum | Eugenia aromaticum | Eugenia caryophyllatum
Dried, unopened flower bud of the clove tree Eugenia caryophyllus. A member of the myrtle family Myrtaceae, the clove tree is a native of the Maluku. Cloves are used for flavoring in cooking and confectionery. Oil of cloves, which has tonic and carminative qualities, is employed in medicine. The aromatic quality of cloves is shared to a large degree by the leaves, bark, and fruit of the tree.
1. Aromatic flower bud of a clove tree; yields a spice.
2. Spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground.
3. One of the small bulblets that can be split off of the axis of a larger garlic bulb; SYN. garlic clove.
4. Moderate sized very symmetrical red-flowered evergreen widely cultivated in the tropics for its flower buds which are source of cloves; SYN. clove tree, Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllatum.