from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Potentilla in the rose family, native chiefly to temperate and cold regions and having yellow or sometimes white or red flowers and compound leaves that in some species bear five leaflets.
- n. Architecture A design having five sides composed of converging arcs, usually used as a frame for glass or a panel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. potentilla (flower)
- n. A stylized flower or leaf with five lobes.
- n. A particular knot of five crossings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The name of several different species of the genus Potentilla; -- also called five-finger, because of the resemblance of its leaves to the fingers of the hand.
- n. An ornamental foliation having five points or cups, used in windows, panels, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ornament in the Pointed style of architecture, consisting of five cuspidated divisions. This form is frequently introduced in circular windows, bosses, rosettes, etc. See foil.
- n. The common name of several species of plants of the genus Potentilla, from their quinate leaves. Also called five-finger. See Potentilla.
- n. In heraldry, a five-leafed clover, used as a bearing.
- n. Also spelled cinqfoil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ornamental carving consisting of five arcs arranged in a circle
- n. any of a numerous plants grown for their five-petaled flowers; abundant in temperate regions; alleged to have medicinal properties
Middle English cinkfoil : cink, five; see cinque + foil, leaf (translation of Old French quintefeuille, from Latin quīnquefolium, translation of Greek pentaphullon); see foil2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)