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    honey clover or clover honey

    Hi,

    I was reading a poem "The Little Foal" and came across a word "honey clover". I googled it. It was "clover honey". I am confused. I am not sure which one is correct.

    Let me quote a line from the poem.

    Still damp with morning dew,
    And honey clover, warm and sweet,

    Thanks.
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    Re: honey clover or clover honey

    "honey clover" doesn't make sense.

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    Re: honey clover or clover honey

    I imagine it refers to the clover, the flowers growing on the ground. The clover from which honey is usually made (by bees). It's poetic. We would normally just refer to it as "clover." The poet wants to emphasise the sweetness.

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    Re: honey clover or clover honey

    [Not a teacher]

    SoothingDave is right. I have seen this same word used to refer to sweetness, freshness or to suggest, metaphorically speaking, a sweet taste like honey.

    Here, for example, in the song Mr. Sandman (Pat Ballard, 1954) sung by The Chordettes:

    Mr. sandman, bring me a dream (bung, bung, bung, bung)
    make him the cutest that i've ever seen (bung, bung, bung, bung)
    give him two lips like roses and
    clover (bung, bung, bung, bung)

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    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    #5

    Re: honey clover or clover honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    It was "clover honey".
    This is correct if you're talking about honey made from clover.

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