Share this entry

Share this page

octofoil

Line breaks: octo|foil
Pronunciation: /ˈɒktə(ʊ)fɔɪl
 
/

Definition of octofoil in English:

adjective

Having or consisting of eight leaves or lobes.
Example sentences
  • The candle socket, octofoil in outline, is formed of square fluting.

noun

Back to top  
An octofoil ornamental or heraldic figure.
Example sentences
  • Thus the ninth son of a ninth son would place an octofoil upon an octofoil.
  • Block 18 is of whiter material, probably a sandstone, badly eroded, and contains the remains of an octofoil, with hollow center.

Origin

mid 19th century: from octo- 'eight', on the pattern of words such as trefoil.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…