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quadrivial

[kwo-driv-ee-uh l] /kwɒˈdrɪv i əl/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin quadriviālis, equivalent to Late Latin quadrivi(um) quadrivium + -ālis -al1
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  • 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

/kwɒˈdrɪvɪəl/
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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