Definition of melilot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmeləˌlät/ /ˈmɛləˌlɑt/


  • A fragrant herbaceous plant of the pea family, native to Eurasia and north Africa, now widespread and sometimes grown as forage or green manure.

    Genus Melilotus, family Leguminosae: several species, especially the white sweet clover (M. alba)

    ‘The Chinese use yellow melilot medicinally, use it in cosmetics, and burn it as an incense.’
    Also called sweet clover
    • ‘There are 25 species of clovers and trefoils (Trifolium spp.), eight species of medic and alfalfa (Medicago spp.), and three species of melilots.’
    • ‘Other fodder plants introduced from Europe include the yellow or white melilots,, which may be seen in mid to late summer on the Sawston by-pass, and a larger form of Bird's foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus ssp.var. sativa) which often grows nearly a metre high on the South Down.’


Middle English from Old French, via Latin from Greek melilōtos ‘honey lotus’.