Why is the suit of clubs in a deck of cards called ?clubs? when they look more like clovers?

There is much debate among scholars as to where and when playing cards first appeared. It is believed they originated between the 7th and 10th centuries in China, India or Arabia. It is generally agreed, however, that playing cards came to Europe from Asia in the 12th century, likely brought by migrating merchants or soldiers, or both. A wide variety of card games crossed national and
 
There is much debate among scholars as to where and when playing cards first appeared. It is believed they originated between the 7th and 10th centuries in China, India or Arabia. It is generally agreed, however, that playing cards came to Europe from Asia in the 12th century, likely brought by migrating merchants or soldiers, or both. <p>A wide variety of card games crossed national and regional borders in Europe over the centuries. With the variety of games came a variety of decks, with different types of suits and numbers of cards. In the 1400s, for example, a 56-card deck with kings, queens, knights and valets was commonly used. <p>The French were instrumental in establishing the 52-card deck, which is considered the standard today. The deck evolved from French tarot cards, which included a king, queen and jack. English cardmakers followed the lead of the French, first by adopting the 52-card deck and then the use of the four standard suits introduced by the French in the late 15th century. <p>English cardmakers copied the pique(pike), the carreau(square), the coeur(heart) and the trefle(trefoil), which became known as spade, diamond, heart and club. The French-to-English translation of the first three, including a square turned sideways to become a diamond, are understandable. <p>Meanwhile, the Italian card deck used different symbols for its four suits: sword, money, cup and stick or rod. The Italian word for stick, or rod, is bastone. For reasons unknown, the English equivalent, baston – or club – was established as the name for the trefoil suit. <p>So, it could be said the modern deck of playing cards is three-quarters French and one-quarter Italian – at least, the English deck.
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