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

Definition of cinquefoil

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 : a design enclosed by five joined foils

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DeBolt recently drove through Stanley and found an array of meadow flowers in bloom, including wyethia (aka mule’s ears), elephant heads, penstemon, cinquefoil, buckwheat and scarlet gilia. Anna Webb, idahostatesman, "It’s not too late. Higher elevations in Idaho still offer a wildflower show," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of cinquefoil

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cinquefoil

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

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