sham·​rock | \ ˈsham-ˌräk How to pronounce shamrock (audio) \

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

Examples of shamrock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditional touches were still sprinkled into the yearly event despite its virtual nature, including the Taoiseach’s traditional presentation of a bowl of shamrock to the president, dating back to 1952 and President Truman. Molly Nagle, ABC News, "Biden puts St. Patrick's Day pride on display as he meets with Irish prime minister," 17 Mar. 2021 That includes a presentation of a shamrock bowl, which was sent to the White House by the Irish government ahead of time, the official said. Catherine Lucey, WSJ, "Irish Prime Minister, President Biden to Meet Virtually on St. Patrick’s Day," 17 Mar. 2021 Ireland might be forever, but not our shamrock village. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The corned beef feast is canceled, but the family's eyes are smiling," 16 Mar. 2021 The Riverwalk will be closed for the day, and city officials are calling on people who happen on the scene to snap a quick selfie with the iridescent shamrock water in the background, then move along. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening this weekend with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 13 Mar. 2021 Get your pet some fun neckwear with this collar, available in several shamrock and beer-glass patterns. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "17 things that make St. Patrick's Day even more fun," 5 Mar. 2021 Drain and lay flat on cutting board, then cut out shapes using shamrock cutter. Kate Merker, Woman's Day, "Chicken Shamrock Noodle Soup," 1 Mar. 2021 There will be shamrock crafting kits, which can be taken home, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. a curator will host mini gallery talks about iconic instruments in the MIM’s Ireland exhibit. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "St. Patrick's Day 2021: Here are 3 family-friendly celebrations happening in metro Phoenix," 9 Mar. 2021 And there’s a surprisingly large number of shamrock ornaments available on Amazon. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Still Have Your Christmas Tree Up? Decorate It for St. Patrick’s Day," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of shamrock was in 1577

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24 Mar 2021

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“Shamrock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce shamrock (audio) \

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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