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Subject: Re: GENIRE-D Digest V03 #94
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 17:38:47 -0800
> GENIRE-D Digest Volume 03 : Issue 94
> Today's Topics:
> #1 Shamrock...........COLGAN & BRITTE ["Jane Lyons" <>]
What is the
Original Irish Shamrock?
Do you know that there is no such thing as a "Shamrock Plant"? The word shamrock
from the Irish word "seamrog" meaning "little clover". However, there are hundreds
of clover. The question is...what is the "Original Irish Shamrock"? Here is what
respected authorities have to say:
"White Clover, Trifolium repens forma minus, family Leguminosae, was the original
of Ireland..." Academic American Encyclopedia, Vol. 17, 1990.
"In Ireland, the plant most often referred to as shamrock is the white clover."
The World Book
Encyclopedia, Vol. 17, 1993.
"Those most commonly called shamrocks are: the white clover, Trifolium repens, a
white-flowered perennial..." Collier's Encyclopedia, Vol. 20, 1992.
"The clovers also occupied a position in the cultural life of early peoples. White
repens L.) in particular was held in high esteem by the early Celts of Wales as a
against evil spirits. According to Evans (1957), this pagen tradition was
continued by early
Christian leaders and became the symbol of the Holy Trinity for the Irish people."
and Technology, N.L. Taylor, 1985.
The name "Shamrock" is used to describe several different plants. The
Columbia Encyclopedia describes the Shamrock as "a plant with leaves
composed of three leaflets." The plants portrayed most often as Shamrocks
include White Clover (Trifolium repens), Black Medic (Medicago lupulina),
Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella), Hop Clover (Trifolium minus) and Lucky
Shamrock (Oxalis deppei).
Saint Patrick used the plant to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
Shamrocks have been
considered by the Irish as good-luck symbols since earliest times, and this
persisted in modern times among people of many nationalities. On March 17th, St
Day is celebrated around the world, with the "wearin' o' the green".
Just some trivia!
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