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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

TRIFFLE, n.2 Also trifula. Sc. forms of Eng. trefoil, the name of various plants. Comb. water triffle, the water trefoil or buck-bean, Menyanthes trifoliata (Mry. 1839 G. Gordon Flora Mry. 9; Nai. 1892 Trans. Northern Assoc. I. v. 63).Cai. 1829 J. Hay Poems 74:
Marshmallow root, trifula blue.

[The form trifula represents the obs. Eng. form trifoly, ad. Lat. trifolium.]

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