Definition of shamrock in English:

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shamrock

Pronunciation: /ˈSHamˌräk/

noun

1A low-growing, cloverlike plant with three-lobed leaves, used as the national emblem of Ireland.
  • The shamrock of legend has been identified with a number of different plants in the family Leguminosae, in particular the lesser yellow trefoil (Trifolium minus).
Example sentences
  • Green also became associated with this feast day (St. Patrick's Day) because it is the colour of spring, Ireland and the shamrock.
  • According to legend the shamrock, with its three leaves on the single stalk, was used by St. Patrick to explain the mystery of the Christian Trinity to the pagan Irish.
  • Shannon Airport would be promoted using the shamrock, ‘the most significant symbol of Ireland in the minds of people throughout the world.’
1.1A spray or leaf of shamrock.
Example sentences
  • It also explains why the shamrock is the national symbol of Ireland.
  • Decorated with intricate knot work, a harp and a shamrock, the emblems of the brigade, and with a bronze Irish wolfhound at the foot of the cross, it is reckoned by many to be the most beautiful memorial on the battlefield.
  • The national emblem is a carved Irish shamrock adorning Government House, and the island's flag and crest show a woman with a cross and harp.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Irish seamróg 'trefoil' (diminutive of seamar 'clover').

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Syllabification: sham·rock

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