The meaning of the English noun “clove” in German is context-dependent: The noun may refer to a part of a bulb (Nebenzwiebel), basically meaning the same as the word “clove” in the phrase “clove of garlic.” It also can mean Gewürznelke, literally translated as “spice carnation,” referring to the same spice as the English word in garlic-free context does—the spicy, rich red, dried, unopened bud of the clove tree (Syzgium aromaticum).
Summarizing overview (m. for masculine, f. for feminine):
- Gewürznelke, f.: clove
- Knoblauch, m.: garlic
- Knoblauchzehe, f.: garlic clove
- Zehe, f.: toe