AskDefine | Define cloverleaf

Dictionary Definition

cloverleaf n : an interchange that does not require left-hand turns [also: cloverleaves (pl)]

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Alternative forms


  • italbrac UK: /ˈkləʊvəliːf/, /"kl@Uv@li:f/
  • italbrac US: , /ˈkloʊvɚliːf/, /"kloUv@`li:f/


  1. In the form of the leaf of a clover plant; cloverleafed.


(see individual senses for plurals)
  1. (with plural cloverleaves) the leaf of a clover plant
  2. In the context of "US": (with plural cloverleafs or cloverleaves) A cloverleaf interchange.


  1. To turn by following a cloverleaf, or as if by following one.
    • 2003, David Maraniss, They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967,
      Hay told a military historian that Allen precipitated “the debacle” by “allowing his lead company to pursue the VC down the trail” instead of forming a perimeter and cloverleafing at the first sign of the enemy.

Extensive Definition

Cloverleaf or clover leaf may refer to:
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