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triskelion

[trih-skel-ee-on, -uh n, trahy-]
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noun, plural tris·kel·i·a [trih-skel-ee-uh, trahy-] /trɪˈskɛl i ə, traɪ-/.
  1. a symbolic figure consisting of three legs, arms, or branches radiating from a common center, as the device of Sicily and the Isle of Man.
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Also tris·kele [tris-keel, trahy-skeel] /ˈtrɪs kil, ˈtraɪ skil/.

Origin of triskelion

1855–60; < Greek triskel(ḗs) three-legged (tri- tri- + skél(os) leg + -ēs adj. suffix) + -ion diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • On the obverse the head of Persephone, on the reverse the quadriga, and above, the triskelion.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • Fig. 217 shows a triskelion of symmetric spirals turned to the right.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • Another is a triskelion, the arms of which turn to the right.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • In the first place, the triskelion, which is the foundation of this hypothesis, made its first appearance on the coins of Lycia.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • Even the triskelion of the Lycian coins is within an indented square (figs. 225 and 226).

    The Swastika

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British Dictionary definitions for triskelion

triskelion

triskele (ˈtrɪskiːl)

noun plural triskelia (trɪˈskɛlɪə) or triskeles
  1. a symbol consisting of three bent limbs or lines radiating from a centre
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek triskelēs three-legged, from tri- + skelos leg
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Word Origin and History for triskelion

n.

"figure consisting of three branches radiating from a center," 1880, earlier triskelos (1857), from Greek triskeles "three-legged," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + skelos "leg" (see scalene).

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