See under (def 1).
any of several plants belonging to the genus Potentilla, of the rose family, having yellow, red, or white five-petaled flowers, as P. reptans (creeping cinquefoil) of the Old World, or P. argentea (silvery cinquefoil) of North America.
Also called quinquefoil, quintefoil. Architecture. a panellike ornament consisting of five lobes, divided by cusps, radiating from a common center.
Heraldry. a charge in the form of a five-leaved clover.
any plant of the N temperate rosaceous genus Potentilla, typically having five-lobed compound leaves
an ornamental carving in the form of five arcs arranged in a circle and separated by cusps
(heraldry) a charge representing a five-petalled flower
from Latin quinquefolium, from quinque (see five) + folium (see folio).
- Creeping crud
noun phrase Any disease, esp an unnamed and prevalent flulike disorder or an unexplained and nasty rash [WWII armed forces; a reduplicating expansion of crud]
- Creeping elegance
[el-i-guh nt] /ˈɛl ɪ gənt/ adjective 1. tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.: elegant furnishings. 2. gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style: an elegant young gentleman; an elegant prosodist. 3. graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand. 4. appropriate to refined taste: a […]
noun 1. Pathology. a skin disorder caused by the burrowing of dog or cat hookworm larvae under the dermal tissue and manifested as a progressing red streak. creeping eruption creep·ing eruption (krē’pĭng) n. A skin disorder characterized by itchiness and a progressive netlike tunneling in the skin caused by the burrowing larvae of various parasites, […]
- Creeping featurism
jargon /kree’ping fee’chr-izm/ (Or “feature creep”) A systematic tendency to load more chrome and features onto systems at the expense of whatever elegance they may have possessed when originally designed. “The main problem with BSD Unix has always been creeping featurism.” More generally, creeping featurism is the tendency for anything to become more complicated because […]