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  1. any of several trifoliate plants, as the wood sorrel, Oxalis acetosella, or a small, pink-flowered clover, Trifolium repens minus, but especially Trifolium procumbens, a small, yellow-flowered clover: the national emblem of Ireland.
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Origin of shamrock

1565–75; < Irish seamróg, equivalent to seamair clover + -óg diminutive suffix
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  1. a plant having leaves divided into three leaflets, variously identified as the wood sorrel, red clover, white clover, and black medick: the national emblem of Ireland
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Word Origin

C16: from Irish Gaelic seamrōg, diminutive of seamar clover
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Word Origin and History for shamrock


1570s, from Irish seamrog, diminutive of seamar "clover." Cf. Gaelic seamrag "trefoil."

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