shamrock

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A shamrock (trefoil leaf).

Etymology[edit]

From Irish seamróg, diminutive of seamar (clover).

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shamrock (plural shamrocks)

  1. The trefoil leaf of any small clover, especially Trifolium repens, or such a leaf from a clover-like plant.
    She wore a shamrock in honor of her Irish ancestry.
  2. Any of several small plants, forms of clover, with trefoil leaves, especially Trifolium repens.
    The fields were covered with shamrocks.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The shamrock is used as a symbol of Ireland, and is registered as a trademark by the Irish government.

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