trifoliate

adjective
tri·​fo·​li·​ate | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈfō-lē-ət How to pronounce trifoliate (audio) \

Definition of trifoliate

1 : having three leaves a trifoliate plant

First Known Use of trifoliate

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trifoliate

tri- + Latin folium leaf — more at blade

Learn More About trifoliate

Time Traveler for trifoliate

Time Traveler

The first known use of trifoliate was circa 1753

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near trifoliate

trifoliata

trifoliate

trifoliate orange

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for trifoliate

Cite this Entry

“Trifoliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trifoliate. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!