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any leguminous plant of the temperate genus Trifolium, having leaves divided into three leaflets and dense heads of small white, yellow, red, or purple flowers: includes the clovers and trefoils
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from tri- + folium leaf
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  • Many thanks for seeds of trifolium resupinatum, which are invaluable to us.

  • The farmers call it trifolium, probably trifolium incarnatum.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • trifolium and Lotus have also been given among other food plants.

  • trifolium with a monopetalous flower, of a white colour, (T. pratense).

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • Because of this, the author has ventured to designate it trifolium magnum.

  • The same excellent observer has recorded the occurrence of free central placentation in malformed flowers of trifolium repens.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • I have also met with it in trifolium repens, in the umbellate variety of the common primrose, and in the scarlet geranium.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Detachment of this kind occurs not unfrequently, as in Primula vulgaris, trifolium repens, &c.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Amongst Papilionaceæ absence of the carina or of the alæ is not uncommon, as in trifolium repens, Faba vulgaris, &c.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Reduction of the staminal whorl is also not unfrequent in trifolium repens and T. hybridum, and has been seen in Delphinium, &c.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

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