Definitions for: Shamrock

[n] clover native to Ireland with yellowish flowers; often considered the true or original shamrock
[n] creeping European clover having white to pink flowers and bright green leaves; naturalized in United States; widely grown for forage
[n] Eurasian plant with heart-shaped trifoliate leaves and white pink- or purple-veined flowers

Webster (1913) Definition: Sham"rock, n. [L. seamrog, seamar, trefoil, white
clover, white honeysuckle; akin to Gael. seamrag.] (Bot.)
A trifoliate plant used as a national emblem by the Irish.
The legend is that St. Patrick once plucked a leaf of it for
use in illustrating the doctrine of the trinity.

Note: The original plant was probably a kind of wood sorrel
(Oxalis Acetocella); but now the name is given to the
white clover (Trifolium repens), and the black medic
(Medicago lupulina).

Synonyms: common wood sorrel, cuckoo bread, dutch clover, hop clover, lesser yellow trefoil, Oxalis acetosella, Trifolium dubium, Trifolium repens, white clover

See Also: clover, oxalis, sorrel, trefoil, wood sorrel

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