- having three leaflets, lobes, or foils; trefoil.
- Botany. trifoliolate.
Sometimes tri·fo·li·at·ed [trahy-foh-lee-ey-tid] /traɪˈfoʊ liˌeɪ tɪd/.
Origin of trifoliate
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Examples from the Web for trifoliate
The leaves are trifoliate, though sometimes they grow singly.The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 13
The stem of the plant is bushy and branched; the leaves are trifoliate.Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised)
Melvin Randolph Gilmore
Changed "trifoliate" to "trifoliolate" in the index entry for "Foliolate."The Elements of Botany
The trifoliate leaves are numerous, especially on the upper portions.Clovers and How to Grow Them
Again, the old furze-bush will have its leaves converted into spines, though the seedling started with a trifoliate leaf.Science and Practice in Farm Cultivation
- having three leaves, leaflike parts, or (of a compound leaf) leaflets
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