cinquefoil

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noun 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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Origin and Etymology of cinquefoil

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


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