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trefoil

tre·foil

 (trē′foil′, trĕf′oil′)
n.
1. Any of various plants of the pea family, chiefly of the genera Trifolium and Lotus, having compound trifoliolate leaves.
2. An ornament, symbol, or architectural form having the appearance of a trifoliolate leaf.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman trifoil, from Latin trifolium : tri-, tri- + folium, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

trefoil

(ˈtrɛfɔɪl)
n
1. (Plants) any of numerous leguminous plants of the temperate genus Trifolium, having leaves divided into three leaflets and dense heads of small white, yellow, red, or purple flowers
2. (Plants) any of various related plants having leaves divided into three leaflets, such as bird's-foot trefoil
3. (Botany) a leaf having three leaflets
4. (Architecture) architect an ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circle
[C14: from Anglo-French trifoil, from Latin trifolium three-leaved herb, from tri- + folium leaf]
ˈtrefoiled adj

tre•foil

(ˈtri fɔɪl, ˈtrɛf ɔɪl)

n.
2. any of various plants having three leaflets resembling those of clover.
3. a three-lobed flower or leaf.
4. an architectural ornament composed of three lobes, separated by cusps, radiating from a common center.
5. any three-lobed figure, design, or emblem resembling a clover leaf.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French trifoil < Latin trifolium triple leaf]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trefoil - any of several Old World herbs of the genus Medicago having small flowers and trifoliate compound leavestrefoil - any of several Old World herbs of the genus Medicago having small flowers and trifoliate compound leaves
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Medicago, Medicago - a genus of herbs that resemble clover
Medicago arborea, moon trefoil - evergreen shrub of southern European highlands having downy foliage and a succession of yellow flowers throughout the summer followed by curious snail-shaped pods
Medicago falcata, sickle alfalfa, sickle lucerne, sickle medick - European medic naturalized in North America having yellow flowers and sickle-shaped pods
Calvary clover, Medicago echinus, Medicago intertexta - an annual of the Mediterranean area having spiny seed pods and leaves with dark spots
black medick, hop clover, Medicago lupulina, nonesuch clover, yellow trefoil - prostrate European herb with small yellow flowers and curved black pods; naturalized in North America
alfalfa, lucerne, Medicago sativa - important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
2.trefoil - a plant of the genus Trifoliumtrefoil - a plant of the genus Trifolium  
genus Trifolium, Trifolium - any leguminous plant having leaves divided into three leaflets
alpine clover, Trifolium alpinum - European mountain clover with fragrant usually pink flowers
lesser yellow trefoil, Trifolium dubium, hop clover, shamrock - clover native to Ireland with yellowish flowers; often considered the true or original shamrock
crimson clover, Italian clover, Trifolium incarnatum - southern European annual with spiky heads of crimson flower; extensively cultivated in United States for forage
purple clover, red clover, Trifolium pratense - erect to decumbent short-lived perennial having red-purple to pink flowers; the most commonly grown forage clover
Trifolium reflexum, Trifolium stoloniferum, buffalo clover - clover of western United States
dutch clover, shamrock, Trifolium repens, white clover - creeping European clover having white to pink flowers and bright green leaves; naturalized in United States; widely grown for forage
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
3.trefoil - an architectural ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circletrefoil - an architectural ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circle
architectural ornament - (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
Translations
trojlisttrojlístek
trekløver
DreipassKlee
kolmiapila

trefoil

[ˈtrefɔɪl] Ntrébol m

trefoil

n (Bot) → Klee m; (symbol of Girl Guide movement) → Kleeblatt nt; (Archit) → Dreipass m

trefoil

[ˈtrɛfɔɪl] n (Bot) → trifoglio (Archit) → decorazione f a trifoglio
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It was the Normans who began to build that fine old hall, which is, like the town, telling of the thoughts and hands of widely sundered generations; but it is all so old that we look with loving pardon at its inconsistencies, and are well content that they who built the stone oriel, and they who built the Gothic facade and towers of finest small brickwork with the trefoil ornament, and the windows and battlements defined with stone, did not sacreligiously pull down the ancient half-timbered body with its oak-roofed banqueting-hall.
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Research on trefoil factor family (TFF) peptides started in 1982, when pancreatic spasmolytic polypeptide, today known as TFF2, and sP2 peptide, today known as TFF1 were discovered [1].
Other special flowers, including vervain, trefoil, rue and roses were also thought to be most potent at this time, and were traditionally placed under a pillow in the hope of important and predictive dreams.