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Clove (Syzygium aromaticum or Eugenia caryophyllata), tropical evergreen tree of the myrtle family; also, its dried, unopened flower. Originally grown in the Moluccas (Spice Islands), the Philippines, and islands nearby, cloves were first appreciated by the Chinese for perfuming the breath. They are now grown in the West Indies and Mauritius. Their main use nowadays is as flavoring and in medicine.

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