Sham rock

shamrock

[sham-rok]
noun
any of several trifoliate plants, as the wood sorrel, Oxalis acetosella, or a small, pink-flowered clover, Trifolium repens minus, but especially Trifolium procumbens, a small, yellow-flowered clover: the national emblem of Ireland.

Origin:
1565–75; < Irish seamróg, equivalent to seamair clover + -óg diminutive suffix

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shamrock (ˈʃæmˌrɒk)
 
n
a plant having leaves divided into three leaflets, variously identified as the wood sorrel, red clover, white clover, and black medick: the national emblem of Ireland
 
[C16: from Irish Gaelic seamrōg, diminutive of seamar clover]

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shamrock
1571, from Ir. seamrog, dim. of seamar "clover."
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