• WordNet 3.6
    • adj trifoliate (of a leaf shape) having three leaflets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Trifoliate (Bot) Having three leaves or leaflets, as clover. See Illust. of Shamrock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trifoliate Having three leaves; trefoil; specifically, in botany, having three leaves or leaflets: used chiefly, in the latter sense, of compound leaves, as a shortened form of trifoliolate. See cut d under leaf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Trifoliate trī-fō′li-āt three-leaved
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Tri-, + foliate., Cf. Trefoil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tres, three, folium, leaf.


In literature:

Incidentally we may examine here a trifoliate orange filled with fruit.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
The leaves are trifoliate.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
The American Garden-bean is a tender, annual plant from the East Indies, with a dwarfish or climbing stem and trifoliate leaves.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The leaves are almost stemless and trifoliate; that is, composed of three leaflets.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The stem of the plant is bushy and branched; the leaves are trifoliate.
"Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised)" by Melvin Randolph Gilmore

In news:

Trifoliate hardy orange ( Poncirus trifoliata ): Grow this fully hardy citrus in sun or partial shade.