from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several plants having palmately compound leaves with five leaflets, such as the cinquefoil.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia.
  • noun A name given to common species of Potentilla which have digitate leaves with five leaflets, as P. reptans of Europe and P. Canadensis of the United States. The marsh-fivefinger is P. palustris. Also called cinquefoil or fivefinger-grass.
  • noun In Jamaica, the Syngonium auritum, an aroid with five-parted leaves.
  • noun plural A popular name of some or any starfish; a five-fingered jack.
  • noun plural A name given to the five of trumps in certain games of cards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) See cinquefoil.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A starfish with five rays, esp. Asterias rubens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of a numerous plants grown for their five-petaled flowers; abundant in temperate regions; alleged to have medicinal properties


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