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cinquefoil (sĬngk´foil) [O.Fr.,=five leaves], name for any plant of the widely distributed genus Potentilla of the family Rosaceae (rose family), chiefly herbs of north temperate and subarctic regions. Most cinquefoils are perennial; many but not all of them have leaves of five leaflets, for which they are also called five-finger. The flowers are most often yellow. Most North American species are native to cooler regions of the W United States. The shrubby cinquefoil (P. fruticosa) and the silverweed (P. anserina) are common wildflowers in the West and the Northeast; they are thought to be naturalized from the Old World. These and other species are sometimes cultivated in rock gardens. Silverweed is one of the species reputed to have medicinal powers, hence the Latin name of the genus [potens=powerful]. Cinquefoil is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.

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cinquefoil

cinquefoil plant Potentilla reptans, with leaves of five leaflets. XIII. repr. L. quinquefolium, f. quinque FIVE + folium leaf, FOIL 2.

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cinquefoil

cinquefoil an ornamental design of five lobes arranged in a circle, as in architectural tracery or heraldry.

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cinquefoil

cinquefoil. See foil.

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cinquefoil

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