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trefoil

(trē`foil) [O.Fr.,=three-leaf], in botany, name for several plants, chiefly of the pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family, having trifoliate leaves. Best known of the trefoils is clover. The bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is an Old World forage plant and weed that has been naturalized in North America; the prairie trefoil (L. americanus) is a related native American plant. The shrubby trefoil is the hophop,
herbaceous perennial vine of the family Moraceae (mulberry family), widely cultivated since early times for brewing purposes. The commercial hop (Humulus lupulus
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 tree. Tick trefoil is a name for the tickseed, or beggarweedbeggarweed
or tick trefoil,
leguminous plant (Desmodium purpureum) native to the West Indies and sown in the S United States for green manure and for forage; it has high nutritive value and is palatable to stock.
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trefoil

1. A three-lobed cloverleaf pattern.
See also: Foils
2. An architectural ornament resembling a three-leaf clover. See also: Ornament

trefoil

[′trē‚fȯil]
(mathematics)
A multifoil consisting of three congruent arcs of a circle arranged around an equilateral triangle.

trefoil

trefoils
In an opening, a three-lobed pattern separated by cusps; See foil.

trefoil (clover)

emblem of the Trinity. [Christian Symbolism: Cirlot, 50–51]
See: Trinity

trefoil

traditional symbol of vengeance. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]

trefoil

1. any of numerous leguminous plants of the temperate genus Trifolium, having leaves divided into three leaflets and dense heads of small white, yellow, red, or purple flowers
2. any of various related plants having leaves divided into three leaflets, such as bird's-foot trefoil
3. a leaf having three leaflets
4. Architect an ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circle
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And after a lifetime of dedication to guiding, they are now active members of the adult guiding group, the Trefoil Guild.
They enjoyed a special cake and took part in games at the county headquarters in Trefoil House, Blucher Street, Birmingham.
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Whereas the flower bed in St Nicholas Park, Warwick (pictured with girls from the 4th Warwick Guide Unit) depicts a more traditional trefoil.
It meant more than 100 girls aged five to over-65, including Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Trefoil Guild, joined in.
The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Tom Pigott and his wife Alma, tried their hand at planting birdsfoot trefoil plants into recycled plastic milk cartons with the help of vol-unteers.
Among charities being supported this year are: Salvation Army, Eye to Eye, Halkyn Bowling Club, Quaystone Chapel, Emaus Methodist Church, Mold Trefoil Guild, Mulberry Centre, Chester, St Kentigern's Hospice, CornerStone.
Good wild flowers include bird's foot trefoil, clover, field scabious, greater knapweed and kidney vetch.
The money was raised by Dartmouth Division Rainbows, Brownies andGuides and the Trefoil Guild at a Christmas Tree service before Christmas.
Drawn to the Light chandelier by Dominic Bromley for Scabetti, constructed by hand in Staffordshire from trefoil shaped ceramic pieces.