(Geom.) A curve of the third order, consisting of two infinite branches, which have a common asymptote. The curve has a double point, and a leaf-shaped loop; whence the name. Its equation is x3 + y3 = axy.
Folks(fks) }, n. collect. & pl. [AS. folc; akin to D. volk, OS. & OHG. folk, G. volk, Icel. flk, Sw. & Dan. folk, Lith. pulkas crowd, and perh. to E. follow.] 1. (Eng. Hist.) In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of a group of townships or villages; a community; a tribe. [Obs.]
The organization of each folk, as such, sprang mainly from war.J. R. Green.
2. People in general, or a separate class of people; -- generally used in the plural form, and often with a qualifying adjective; as, the old
In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fireShak.
With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales.
3. The persons of one's own family; as, our
folks are all well.
[Colloq. New Eng.]
Folk song, one of a class of songs long popular with the common people. --
Folk speech, the speech of the common people, as distinguished from that of the educated class.
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