any of certain clovers or cloverlike plants with leaflets in groups of three, used as the emblem of Ireland, as the red clover, white clover, wood sorrel, or black medic
Origin of shamrockIrish seamrog, diminutive of seamar, clover
- A plant having compound leaves with three small leaflets, especially a clover or wood sorrel.
- The compound leaf of one of these plants.
- A representation of one of these plants or leaves, used as a national emblem of Ireland.
Origin of shamrockIrish Gaelic seamróg diminutive of seamar clover from Middle Irish semar probably akin to Old Norse smári clover and of non-Indo-European substrate origin
From Irish seamrÃ³g, diminutive of seamar (“clover").