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 (kăt′ər-foil′, kăt′rə-)
1. A representation of a flower with four petals or a leaf with four leaflets, especially in heraldry.
2. Architecture Tracery or an ornament with four foils or lobes.

[Middle English quaterfoile : Old French quatre, four; see quatrain + Old French foil, leaf; see foil2.]


(ˈkætrəˌfɔɪl) or


1. (Botany) a leaf composed of four leaflets
2. (Architecture) architect a carved ornament having four foils arranged about a common centre, esp one used in tracery
[C15: from Old French, from quatre four + -foil leaflet; compare trefoil]


(ˈkæt ərˌfɔɪl, ˈkæ trə-)

1. a leaf composed of four leaflets.
2. an architectural ornament composed of four lobes, separated by cusps, radiating from a common center.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Middle French quatre four + -foil (as in trefoil)]
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