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  1. 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
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from tri- + folium leaf
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Examples from the Web for trifolium

Historical Examples

  • Many thanks for seeds of Trifolium resupinatum, which are invaluable to us.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II

    Charles Darwin

  • 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.