cinquefoil

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English[edit]

Fan-leaf cinquefoil (Potentilla flabellifolia)

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French cinqfoil, from cinq (five) + foil (leaf)

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cinquefoil (plural cinquefoils)

  1. A potentilla (flower).
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 112:
      Witches always anointed themselves with ointments before departing up the chimney to their Sabbaths. One such ointment was composed of Aconite, Belladonna, Water Parsley, Cinquefoil and Babies' Fat.
  2. (heraldry) A stylized flower or leaf with five lobes.
  3. (topology) A particular knot of five crossings.

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  • (flower): fiveleaf
  • (knot): cinquefoil knot, ,

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