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British Dictionary definitions for trifolium


  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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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.