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The national emblem of Ireland, and traditionally said to have been employed by St Patrick to explain the nature of the Trinity. The shamrock of legend has been identified with a number of different related plants with three-lobed leaves.

The word is recorded in England from the late 16th century, and comes from Irish seamróg ‘trefoil’, diminutive of seamar ‘clover’.

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