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(Science: botany) Any species of Melilotus, a genus of leguminous herbs having a vanillalike odour; sweet clover; hart's clover. The blue melilot (Melilotus caerulea) is used in Switzerland to give colour and flavor to sapsago cheese.

Origin: F. Melilot, L. Melilotus, fr. Gr, a kind of clover containing honey; meli honey _ lotus.