trefoil

EnglishEdit

Trifolium repens
Architectural trefoil

EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman trifoil < Old French trefeuil < Latin trifolium < tri- + folium ‎(leaf).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹɛ.fɔɪl/, /ˈtɹiː.fɔɪl/

NounEdit

trefoil ‎(plural trefoils)

  1. (botany) Any of several plants of the pea family, having compound, trifoliate leaves; especially one of the genus Trifolium.
  2. A symbol having the shape of such leaves, especially when used as an architectural ornament.

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