American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants, such as a clover or wood sorrel, having compound leaves with three small leaflets, considered the national emblem of Ireland.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant with trifoliate leaves: the national emblem of Ireland. According to recent authority (Britten and Holland, “English Plant Names”) the plant at the present day most in repute as the true shamrock is one of the hop-clovers, Trifolium minus, a slender trailing species with small yellow beads, perhaps a, variety of T. procumbens. It is in use in many counties of Ireland, and forms a great part of the shamrock sold in London on St. Patrick's day. The black medic, Medicago lupulina, is also thus used; but the white clover, T. repens, is widely understood to be the common shamrock. The identity of the original shamrock which, according to tradition, St. Patrick used to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity is uncertain. It has been variously supposed to be the common white clover. T. repens (which, however, is believed to be of late introduction in Ireland); the red clover, T. pratense; the wood-sorrel, Oxalis Aceto sella (locally called
shamrockin England); and even the water-cress (though its leaves are not trifoliate).
- n. The trefoil leaf of any small clover, especially Trifolium repens, or such a leaf from a clover-like plant.
- n. Any of several small plants, forms of clover, with trefoil leaves, especially Trifolium repens.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- n. Eurasian plant with heart-shaped trifoliate leaves and white purple-veined flowers
- n. creeping European clover having white to pink flowers and bright green leaves; naturalized in United States; widely grown for forage
- n. clover native to Ireland with yellowish flowers; often considered the true or original shamrock
- From Irish seamrog, diminutive of seamar ("clover"). (Wiktionary)
- Irish Gaelic seamróg, diminutive of seamar, clover, from Middle Irish semar. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Three men were attempting to do the Riverdance in shamrock-shaped slippers.”
“The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground;”
“But the shamrock is a tender a plant, it's beauty soon will fade”
“Then you don't know why the shamrock is our national emblem?”
“For years I was lead to believe that the shamrock was a large, green 3 leaf clover, in my mind, ranging from the size of a 5c to 20c piece.”
“St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, explaining the Holy Trinity by the shamrock, which is three persons in one God," says Byrne.”
“Just a few comments: 1. The three leaf clover you refer to is in fact 'shamrock', our national symbol.”
“A distinguished Irishman once showed me the "shamrock" he was wearing in his buttonhole as "the true" plant of that name.”
“Thus the small Lucerne clover or medicago is often sold as "shamrock" to Irish patriots, and the watercress has been solemnly pat forward as the true shamrock simply because old writers tell us, as evidence of the barbarous state of the Irish, that they fed upon shamrocks and watercress.”
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