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adjective Botany.
  1. having three leaflets, as a compound leaf.
  2. having leaves with three leaflets, as a plant.
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Origin of trifoliolate

First recorded in 1820–30; tri- + foliolate
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Historical Examples of trifoliolate

  • Trifoliolate (or ternate), of three leaflets, as the Clover; and so on.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Changed "trifoliate" to "trifoliolate" in the index entry for "Foliolate."

  • The leathery leaves are trifoliolate with heart-shaped leaflets.

  • Foliolate, relating to or bearing leaflets (foliola); trifoliolate, with three leaflets, &c.

  • It is a free-growing species, with trifoliolate leaves on long footstalks, and large white flowers.