Oxalis Acetocella
Shamrock Sham"rock, n. [L. seamrog, seamar, trefoil, white clover, white honeysuckle; akin to Gael. seamrag.] (Bot.) A trifoliate plant used as a national emblem by the Irish. The legend is that St. Patrick once plucked a leaf of it for use in illustrating the doctrine of the trinity. [1913 Webster]

Note: The original plant was probably a kind of wood sorrel ({Oxalis Acetocella}); but now the name is given to the white clover ({Trifolium repens}), and the black medic ({Medicago lupulina}). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Medicago lupulina — Shamrock Sham rock, n. [L. seamrog, seamar, trefoil, white clover, white honeysuckle; akin to Gael. seamrag.] (Bot.) A trifoliate plant used as a national emblem by the Irish. The legend is that St. Patrick once plucked a leaf of it for use in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shamrock — Sham rock, n. [L. seamrog, seamar, trefoil, white clover, white honeysuckle; akin to Gael. seamrag.] (Bot.) A trifoliate plant used as a national emblem by the Irish. The legend is that St. Patrick once plucked a leaf of it for use in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trifolium repens — Shamrock Sham rock, n. [L. seamrog, seamar, trefoil, white clover, white honeysuckle; akin to Gael. seamrag.] (Bot.) A trifoliate plant used as a national emblem by the Irish. The legend is that St. Patrick once plucked a leaf of it for use in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ЗАЯЦ — (по Павскому заец) муж. родовое названье животного, из разряда грызунов, Lepus; костр. скоромча, смол., орл. выторопень, оренб., татар. куян, сиб. ушкан, пск. кривень, шутл. косой, куцый, лопоухий; новг. билей (беляй, беляк). У охотников яровик,… …   Толковый словарь Даля

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