Quatrefoil, (fr. quartefeuille): a charge the design of which may have been derived from some four-leaved flower, but more probably produced in the course of the ordinary workman's craft. It should be drawn pierced, unless described as blind; and when quatrefoils are slipped, the stalk should join the lower leaf. It is sometimes spelt caterfoil.
Though quintefoils are common is the ancient rolls, quatrefoils have not been observed. A Double quatrefoils is simply a Huitfoil. See Foil.
Gules, a quatrefoil or--ROE, Middlesex.
Azure, three quatrefoils slipped argent--HATCLIFFE, Hatcliffe, Lincoln.
Per pale argent and gules, a quatrefoil counterchanged--MULGRAVE.
Vert, three quatrefoils argent, each charged with a lion's head erased sable--PLOTT, Sparsholt, co. Berks.
Gyronny of eight argent and gules, on each a quatrefoil counterchanged--PORTAL.