Trefoil
Trefoil Tre"foil, n. [L. tres three + E. foil leaf; cf. F. fr[`e]fle, It. trifoglio, L. trifolium. See {Tri-}, {Foil} leaf, and cf. {Trifoly}.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Trifolium}, which includes the white clover, red clover, etc.; -- less properly, applied also to the nonesuch, or black medic. See {Clover}, and {Medic}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) An ornamental foliation consisting of three divisions, or foils. [1913 Webster]

3. (Her.) A charge representing the clover leaf. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
/ (Medicago lupulina)


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