quatrefoil

noun qua·tre·foil \ ˈka-tər-ˌfȯi(-ə)l , ˈka-trə- \

Definition of quatrefoil

1 : a conventionalized representation of a flower with four petals or of a leaf with four leaflets
2 : a 4-lobed foliation in architecture

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Origin and Etymology of quatrefoil

Middle English quaterfoil set of four leaves, from Anglo-French quatre + Middle English -foil (as in trefoil)


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