Definition of trefoil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtrefɔɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrefɔɪl//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈtriːfɔɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtriːfɔɪl//
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  1. 1 (specialist) a plant whose leaves are divided into three similar parts, for example clover
  2. 2a decoration or a design shaped like a trefoil leaf
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French trifoil, from Latin trifolium, from tri- ‘three’ + folium ‘leaf’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trefoil