Sept"foil (?), n. [F. sept seven (L. septem) + E. foil leaf: cf. L. septifolium.]

1. Bot.

A European herb, the tormentil. See Tormentil.

2. Arch.

An ornamental foliation having seven lobes. Cf. Cinquefoil, Quarterfoil, and Trefoil.

3. Eccl.Art.

A typical figure, consisting of seven equal segments of a circle, used to denote the gifts of the Holy Chost, the seven sacraments as recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, etc.

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