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[kat-er-foil, ka-truh-] /ˈkæt ərˌfɔɪl, ˈkæ trə-/

a leaf composed of four leaflets.
Architecture. a panellike ornament composed of four lobes, divided by cusps, radiating from a common center.
a leaf composed of four leaflets
(architect) a carved ornament having four foils arranged about a common centre, esp one used in tracery

“flower with four leaves,” early 15c., from Old French quatrefoil, from quatre “four” (see four) + foil “leaf” (see foil (n.)).


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