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cinquefoil

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noun cinque·foil \ˈsiŋk-ˌfȯi(-ə)l, ˈsaŋk-\

Definition of cinquefoil

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Potentilla) of herbs and shrubs of the rose family usually having 5-lobed leaves and 5-petaled flowers —called also potentilla

  2. 2 :  a design enclosed by five joined foils



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Origin of cinquefoil

Middle English sink foil, from Anglo-French cincfoille, from Latin quinquefolium, from quinque five + folium leaf — more at blade


First Known Use: 14th century


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