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quadrivial

[kwo-driv-ee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. having four ways or roads meeting in a point.
  2. (of ways or roads) leading in four directions.
  3. of or relating to the quadrivium.

Origin of quadrivial

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin quadriviālis, equivalent to Late Latin quadrivi(um) quadrivium + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for quadrivial

Historical Examples

  • It is the body of which roads are the arms and legs,—a trivial or quadrivial place, the thoroughfare and ordinary of travelers.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau

  • It is the body of which roads are the arms and legs—a trivial or quadrivial place, the thoroughfare and ordinary of travelers.

    Walking

    Henry David Thoreau


British Dictionary definitions for quadrivial

quadrivial

adjective
  1. having or consisting of four roads meeting at a point
  2. (of roads or ways) going in four directions
  3. of or relating to the quadrivium
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