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triptych

[trip-tik] /ˈtrɪp tɪk/
noun
1.
Fine Arts. a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like.
2.
a hinged, three-leaved tablet, written on, in ancient times, with a stylus.
Origin of triptych
1725-1735
1725-35; < Greek tríptychos of three plates, equivalent to tri- tri- + ptych- (stem of ptýx) plate + -os adj. suffix
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triptych

/ˈtrɪptɪk/
noun
1.
a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece
2.
a set of three hinged writing tablets
Word Origin
C18: from Greek triptukhos, from tri- + ptux plate; compare diptych
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Word Origin and History for triptych
n.

1731, "hinged, three-leaved writing tablet used in ancient Greece and Rome," from Greek triptykhos "three-layered," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + ptykhos, genitive of ptyx "fold, layer." In reference to three-part altar-piece carvings or pictures hinged together, it is attested from 1849.

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