four-leaf clover

[ fawr-leef, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌlif, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

a clover leaf having four leaflets instead of the usual three, purported to bring good luck.

Nearby words

  1. four-h clubs,
  2. four-handed,
  3. four-hundred-day clock,
  4. four-in-hand,
  5. four-lane,
  6. four-legged,
  7. four-letter word,
  8. four-letter words,
  9. four-masted,
  10. four-masted brig

Origin of four-leaf clover

First recorded in 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for four-leaf clover

four-leaf clover

four-leaved clover

noun

a clover with four leaves rather than three, supposed to bring good luck
another name for cloverleaf (def. 1)
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