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[sham-rok] /ˈʃæm rɒk/
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 of shamrock
1565-75; < Irish seamróg, equivalent to seamair clover + -óg diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shamrock
  • Crisscross two lollipops and place one lollipop in the middle to form a shamrock.
  • When it's time to come inside after a fun day enjoying puddles and sunshine, make the shamrock smoothie.
  • Burton incorporated the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock into the lace.
  • Feature team logo application on left hip with all over knit dyed shamrock design.
  • Feature screen printed team logo on left hip with all over screen printed shamrock design.
British Dictionary definitions for shamrock


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
Word Origin
C16: from Irish Gaelic seamrōg, diminutive of seamar clover
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Word Origin and History for shamrock

1570s, from Irish seamrog, diminutive of seamar "clover." Cf. Gaelic seamrag "trefoil."

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