trefoil

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English[edit]

Trifolium repens
Architectural trefoil

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English trefoil, from Old French trifoil, trefeul, from Latin trifolium, from tri-(three) + folium(leaf).

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

trefoil ‎(plural trefoils)

  1. 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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