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  • n. Plural form of trefoil.


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  • a string course of stemmated trefoils, which is continued round the front, the transepts, and the base of the north-west tower, together with the more modern base towards the south.

    The New Guide to Peterborough Cathedral

  • A field with a standing crop of wheat had a wide wild-flower margin with ox-eye daisies, red clover, sainfoin, poppies and trefoils – to name a few – and I was disappointed not to see a single butterfly, perhaps because it was overcast.

    Country diary: East Yorkshire

  • In these hot June days, meadow brown and ringlet butterflies, together with six-spot burnet moths, bumblebees and solitary bees and hoverflies, visit the pea family plants of bird's-foot trefoils, melilots, medicks, vetches and clovers.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • Three is also found as a foundation element in beliefs from around the world, from different times and ways of thought, and it is respresented by myriad symbols: triskeles, triskelions, trefoils, triquetra, tomoye, and more.

    The Shape of Three

  • Upon this door, beside a pretty Gothic lock-plate, there is an iron handle with trefoils placed slanting.

    Les Miserables

  • Slightly greater in number were the trefoils representing Klingon warships.

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • Arrowheads, trefoils, diamonds, and squaresship markers were scattered far and wide across his map.

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • A dozen points on the blueprint were marked by blinking red Klingon trefoils.

    A Time to Kill

  • Four white trefoils sprang up where she trod, and therefore was she called Olwen.

    The Lilac Fairy Book

  • Daylight fell from above through a cupola and through trefoils of colored glass into the immense circular room, with paved floor and walls covered with pottery decorated after the Arab fashion.

    Strong as Death


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