clover vs trefoil what difference

what is difference between clover and trefoil

English

Wikispecies

Etymology

From Middle English clovere, claver, from Old English clāfre, earlier clǣfre, from Proto-West Germanic *klaibrā. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Kleeuwer (clover), West Frisian klaver (clover), Dutch klaver (clover), German Low German Klaver (clover), German Klee (clover).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkləʊ.və(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkloʊ.vɚ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊvə(r)

Noun

clover (plural clovers)

  1. A plant of the genus Trifolium with leaves usually divided into three (rarely four) leaflets and with white or red flowers.
  2. (cartomancy) The second Lenormand card, representing hope, optimism and short-term luck.

Hyponyms

  • shamrock
  • trefoil

Derived terms

Translations

Descendants

  • Catalan: clóver

Anagrams

  • Velcro, velcro


English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

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

Noun

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.
    • 2015, New Historian, “Ancient Pitcher Discovered in Historic Danish City”, by David DeMar, 16 June 2015
      “The pristine, unbroken condition of the vessel – sometimes called a trefoil jug – caused the entire dig to ‘come to a halt,’ Søvsø remarked.”
  3. (topology) Ellipsis of trefoil knot.

Coordinate terms

  • quatrefoil
  • cinquefoil
  • hexafoil
  • sexfoil
  • octofoil
  • multifoil
  • polyfoil

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • loftier

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