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(Science: botany) A trifoliate plant used as a national emblem by the irish. The legend is that St. Patrick once plucked a leaf of it for use in illustrating the doctrine of the trinity.

The original plant was probably a kind of wood sorrel (oxalis Acetocella); but now the name is given to the white clover (trifolium repens), and the black medic (Medicago lupulina).

Origin: L. Seamrog, seamar, trefoil, white clover, white honeysuckle; akin to Gael. Seamrag.

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... you compared it to a Marbled Orb Weaver? They are often variable in size and coloration. Thanks for the reply. It's similar to the Marbled. The Shamrock Orb Weaver, linked above, is almost identical, excepting for color and some marbling as you pointed out. It's harmless, thankfully.

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