trefoil

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Trifolium repens
Architectural trefoil

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

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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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