Definition of Shamrock

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

Exact synonyms: Dutch Clover, Trifolium Repens, White Clover
Generic synonyms: Clover, Trefoil

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

3. Noun. Clover native to Ireland with yellowish flowers; often considered the true or original shamrock.
Exact synonyms: Hop Clover, Lesser Yellow Trefoil, Trifolium Dubium
Generic synonyms: Clover, Trefoil

Definition of Shamrock

1. n. 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.

Definition of Shamrock

1. Noun. The trefoil leaf of any small clover, especially ''Trifolium repens'', or such a leaf from a clover-like plant. ¹

2. Noun. Any of several small plants, forms of clover, with trefoil leaves, especially ''Trifolium repens''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shamrock

1. a three-leaved plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Shamrock

1. 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. The original plant was probably a kind of wood sorrel (Oxalis Acetocella); but now the name is given to the white clover (Trifolium repens), and the black medic (Medicago lupulina). Origin: L. Seamrog, seamar, trefoil, white clover, white honeysuckle; akin to Gael. Seamrag. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shamrock

shamosim
shamoy
shamoyed
shamoying
shamoys
shampers
shampoo
shampoo ginger
shampooed
shampooer
shampooers
shampooey
shampooing
shampoolike
shampoos
shamrock (current term)
shamrock pea
shamrocklike
shamrocks
shams
shamshir
shamus
shamuses
shan't
shana tova
shanachie
shanachies
shand
shandies
shandite

Literary usage of Shamrock

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Poetry of the People: Comprising Poems Illustrative of the History and by Charles Mills Gayley, Martin Charles Flaherty (1903)
"... their own dear little shamrock of Ireland. The sweet little shamrock, the dear little shamrock, The sweet little, green little, shamrock of Ireland! ..."

2. Poetry of the People: Comprising Poems Illustrative of the History and by Charles Mills Gayley, Martin Charles Flaherty (1903)
"... their own dear little shamrock of Ireland. The sweet little shamrock, the dear little shamrock, The sweet little, green little, shamrock of Ireland ! ..."

3. Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations with Illustrative Notes on Words by Alexander Carmichael, James Carmichael Watson, Angus Matheson (1900)
"The people bury this in the ground, believing that the lucky shamrock grows from ... THOU shamrock of good omens, Beneath the bank growing Whereon stood the ..."

4. The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland by Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (1894)
"AT plant is the best entitled to rank as the genuine shamrock of Ireland ? Such an inquiry might be considered superfluous, for on this, if any subject, ..."

5. The Golden Treasury of Irish Songs and Lyrics by Charles Welsh (1907)
"... shamrock OF IRELAND THERE'S a dear little plant that grows in our isle, 'Twas Saint Patrick himself, sure, that set it; And the sun on his labour with ..."

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