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Having or consisting of eight leaves or lobes.
- ‘The candle socket, octofoil in outline, is formed of square fluting.’
An octofoil ornamental or heraldic figure.
- ‘Thus the ninth son of a ninth son would place an octofoil upon an octofoil.’
- ‘Block 18 is of whiter material, probably a sandstone, badly eroded, and contains the remains of an octofoil, with hollow center.’
Mid 19th century: from octo- ‘eight’, on the pattern of words such as trefoil.
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