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quatrefoil

[kat-er-foil, ka-truh-] /ˈkæt ərˌfɔɪl, ˈkæ trə-/
noun
1.
a leaf composed of four leaflets.
2.
Architecture. a panellike ornament composed of four lobes, divided by cusps, radiating from a common center.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; Middle English < Middle French quatre four + -foil (as in trefoil)
Related forms
quatrefoiled, adjective
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Examples for quatrefoil
  • Above each of the squinches is a quatrefoil window cut into the drum allowing light into the dome area.
  • The fountain below, with a jet on each side, empties into a quatrefoil-shaped basin.
  • The remaining seven plates contain quatrefoil broached tube holes.
  • The quatrefoil tube supports were also more resistant to corrosion, being made of stainless steel.
  • The pulpit itself is an ornate wooden furnishing with turned work and quatrefoil appliques.
  • Below the frieze decorative triangular scrollwork with a quatrefoil motif flank each of the posts.
  • Decorative wood cresting at the roofs of the window bays are articulated with quatrefoil tracery.
  • Note the quatrefoil windows on either side of the lower bay as well as the paired cameo windows at the second level.
British Dictionary definitions for quatrefoil

quatrefoil

/ˈkætrəˌfɔɪl/
noun
1.
a leaf composed of four leaflets
2.
(architect) a carved ornament having four foils arranged about a common centre, esp one used in tracery
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from quatre four + -foil leaflet; compare trefoil
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