trifoliate [trahy-foh-lee-it, -eyt] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective having three leaflets, lobes, or foils; trefoil. Botany. trifoliolate.

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  • Sometimes tri·fo·li·at·ed [trahy-foh-lee-ey-tid] /traɪˈfoʊ liˌeɪ tɪd/. Origin of trifoliate First recorded in 1690–1700; tri- + foliate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for trifoliate Historical Examples of trifoliate

  • The leaves are trifoliate, though sometimes they grow singly.

    The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 13

    William Curtis

  • The stem of the plant is bushy and branched; the leaves are trifoliate.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised)

    Melvin Randolph Gilmore

  • Changed “trifoliate” to “trifoliolate” in the index entry for “Foliolate.”

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • The trifoliate leaves are numerous, especially on the upper portions.

    Clovers and How to Grow Them

    Thomas Shaw

  • Again, the old furze-bush will have its leaves converted into spines, though the seedling started with a trifoliate leaf.

    Science and Practice in Farm Cultivation

    James Buckman

  • British Dictionary definitions for trifoliate trifoliate trifoliated adjective having three leaves, leaflike parts, or (of a compound leaf) leaflets Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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