BŁȦN TRÊFŁE / white clover

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błȧn trêfłe“, pronounced [bʎɑ̃: trɛ:fʎ(j)] 🔊, is the Sarkese name for “white clover” (Trifolium repens), one of the subspecies of the Trifolium genus growing in Sark. According to one report, “white clover” may have been also called in Sarkese “pérmenán” (?) and “trêfłe d’nature”, but these names are no longer remembered. Other common names for different subspecies of clovers, “trêfłe” in Sarkese, are “rǔ̥je trêfłe” and “jòne trêfłe“.

origin: Gallo-Romance / first recorded for Sarkese: 1970s (PB) / current status in the 21st century: preserved, in use

“błȧn trêfłe” is a compound name, consisting of a masculine invariable uncountable noun “trêfłe” (a he-that doesn’t change) and a flective adjective “błȧn” in masculine. As the main known is uncountable, when refering to white clover in general, the use of the so-called partitive is prefered, “du błȧn trêfłe”. The pronunciation is regular.

To learn more on the origin of the word “trêfłe”, see the main SNDO entry “trêfłe“.


Citation: NEUDÖRFL, Martin. błȧn trêfłe/white clover. In: Sark Norman Dictionary Online [on-line]. https://www.bonjhur.net/sndo-vocab-flora-trefle-blan

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