Definitions for shamrockˈʃæm rɒk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sham•rockˈʃæm rɒk(n.)

  1. any of several trifoliate plants, as the wood sorrel, Oxalis acetosella, or a small, pink-flowered clover, Trifolium repens minus, but esp. Trifolium procumbens, a small, yellow-flowered clover: the national emblem of Ireland.

    Category: Botany, Plants

Origin of shamrock:

1565–75; < Ir seamróg

Princeton's WordNet

  1. white clover, dutch clover, shamrock, Trifolium repens(noun)

    creeping European clover having white to pink flowers and bright green leaves; naturalized in United States; widely grown for forage

  2. common wood sorrel, cuckoo bread, shamrock, Oxalis acetosella(noun)

    Eurasian plant with heart-shaped trifoliate leaves and white purple-veined flowers

  3. hop clover, shamrock, lesser yellow trefoil, Trifolium dubium(noun)

    clover native to Ireland with yellowish flowers; often considered the true or original shamrock

Wiktionary

  1. shamrock(Noun)

    The trefoil leaf of any small clover, especially Trifolium repens, or such a leaf from a clover-like plant.

    She wore a shamrock in honor of her Irish ancestry.

  2. shamrock(Noun)

    Any of several small plants, forms of clover, with trefoil leaves, especially Trifolium repens.

    The fields were covered with shamrocks.

  3. Origin: From seamrog, diminutive of seamar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shamrock(noun)

    a trifoliate plant used as a national emblem by the Irish. The legend is that St. Patrick once plucked a leaf of it for use in illustrating the doctrine of the trinity

Freebase

  1. Shamrock

    The shamrock refers to the young sprigs of clover or trefoil. It is known as a symbol of Ireland, with St. Patrick having used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity, according to legend. The name shamrock is derived from Irish seamróg, which is the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover meaning simply "little clover" or "young clover". Shamrock is usually considered to refer to either the species Trifolium dubium or Trifolium repens. However, other three-leaved plants—such as Medicago lupulina, Trifolium pratense, and Oxalis acetosella—are sometimes called shamrocks or clovers. The shamrock was traditionally used for its medicinal properties and was a popular motif in Victorian times.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Shamrock

    a small trefoil plant, the national emblem of Ireland; it is matter of dispute whether it is the wood-sorrel, a species of clover, or some other allied trefoil; the lesser yellow trefoil is perhaps the most commonly accepted symbol.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. SHAMROCK

    A three-time loser as a racer at sea, but a four-time winner as an "ad." for tea--and Sir T.

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