char, chor, tchar noun clover 19. etymology: origin obscure; perhaps a development from English chard ‘the shoots of the artichoke, blanched and eaten’; only collected by Joseph F G S Lucas from Kirk Yetholm Gypsies; form tchar collected by Rev John Baird note:

Grellmann (1787) collected the forms char and tchar ‘grass’ from Continental gipsies.

Smart & Crofton collected the form chor ‘grass’ from English Gypsies.