- any of a genus (Potentilla) of plants of the rose family, with white, yellow, or red flowers and fruit like a dry strawberry: some species have compound leaves with five leaflets arranged like the fingers on a hand
- Archit. a circular design made up of five converging arcs
Origin of cinquefoilMiddle English cink foil ; from Old French cinquefoil ; from Italian cinquefoglie ; from Classical Latin quinquefolium ; from quinque, five + folium, leaf: see foliate
- Any of various herbs or shrubs chiefly of the genus Potentilla of the rose family, native to northern temperate regions and having yellow or sometimes white or red flowers and compound leaves that in some species bear five leaflets. Also called potentilla.
- Architecture A design having five sides composed of converging arcs, usually used as a frame for glass or a panel.
Origin of cinquefoilMiddle English cinkfoil : cink, five; see cinque + foil, leaf (translation of Old French quintefeuille, from Latin qu&imacron;nquefolium, translation of Greek pentaphullon); see foil2.