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cinquefoil


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cinquefoil  \Cinque"foil`\,  n.  [Cinque  five  +  foil,  F.  feuille 
  leaf.  See  {Foil}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  The  name  of  several  different  species  of  the  genus 
  {Potentilla};  --  also  called  {five-finger},  because  of  the 
  resemblance  of  its  leaves  to  the  fingers  of  the  hand. 
 
  2.  (Arch.)  An  ornamental  foliation  having  five  points  or 
  cups,  used  in  windows,  panels,  etc  --Gwilt. 
 
  {Marsh  cinquefoil},  the  {Potentilla  palustris},  a  plant  with 
  purple  flowers  which  grows  in  fresh-water  marshes. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cinquefoil 
  n  1:  any  of  a  numerous  plants  grown  for  their  5-petal  flowers; 
  abundant  in  temperate  regions;  alleged  to  have  medicinal 
  properties  [syn:  {five-finger}] 
  2:  an  ornamental  carving  consisting  of  five  arcs  arranged  in  a 
  circle 




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