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Shamrock is a term used to refer to a small branch of the I have a classroom full of Shamrocks shirt clover, used as a symbol of Ireland. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Trinity of Christianity. slight (en: diminutive) of the Irish word for “seamair” and simply means “small clover” or “young clover”. There is still no consensus about what exact plant species of the “real” shamrock clover.
John Gerard in his book on herbal medicine in 1597 defined shamrock as Trifolium pratense or Trifolium pratense flore albo, meaning red or white clover (red / white clover). He described the I have a classroom full of Shamrocks shirt tree in English as “Three graves” or “Medow Trefoile”, “a species called Shamrockes in Ireland”. The Irish botanist, Caleb Threlkeld, wrote in 1726 in his work, Synopsis Stirpium Hibernicarum, or A thesis on native plants in Ireland followed Gerard to identify the shamrock as Trifolium pratense, calling it is a white field clover.
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