sham·rock | \ ˈsham-ˌräk \

Definition of shamrock 

: a trifoliolate plant used as a floral emblem by the Irish: such as

a : a yellow-flowered Old World clover (Trifolium dubium) often regarded as the true shamrock

b : wood sorrel

c : white clover

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Taylor Plunkett wrote in a post, with a shamrock, an eagle and a green heart emoji. Washington Post, "Hatch Day! Baby eagle emerges in nest above D.C. police academy," 17 Mar. 2018 In many large cities, gay pride marches have become the new St. Patrick’s Day, only with rainbow tutus instead of shamrocks. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "Gay Pride parades used to mean protests. Now they're an excuse for straight kids to party," 22 June 2018 Using Adobe Photoshop, Peterson created patterns for symbols, such as a heart and a shamrock, and for words, such as family and friends. Kimberly Fornek,, "Old books get new life as works of art at Hinsdale South school library," 25 June 2018 The notice's intricate design includes a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, and the floral emblems for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland: the rose, thistle and shamrock. Ray Sanchez And James Gray, CNN, "Buckingham Palace shares image of Queen's official consent for Prince Harry's marriage," 12 May 2018 In the past, Gemmill says the British Isles, the English rose, the Scottish thistle and the Irish shamrock have been depicted in lace detailing on royal gowns. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding: How will Meghan and Harry embrace African American and British traditions?," 10 May 2018 One of the first images unveiled at Mug & Spoon was a mocha Irish cream latte featuring a shamrock and the words: Happy St. Patrick's Day. Patricia Talorico, USA TODAY, "Selfie latte? Coffee shop machine will turn your face into foamy art," 26 Mar. 2018 San Francisco celebrated all things green — shamrocks, hats and kilts, but not the green that’s smoked — with its 167th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, drawing thousands of spectators to Market Street. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Everyone is Irish for San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day parade," 17 Mar. 2018 The symbols include a red dragon, a symbol for Wales, a rose, thistle, and shamrock for the UK, and a rose for the U.S. surrounded by golden poppies to represent California., "The Queen Of England Approved The Royal Wedding — With A Lot Of Paperwork," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of shamrock

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shamrock

Irish seamróg, diminutive of seamar clover

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English Language Learners Definition of shamrock

: a small plant with three leaves on each stem that is the national symbol of Ireland


sham·rock | \ ˈsham-ˌräk \

Kids Definition of shamrock

: a plant (as some clovers) that has leaves with three leaflets and is used as an emblem by the Irish

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