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[trih-skel-ee-on, -uh n, trahy-] /trɪˈskɛl iˌɒn, -ən, traɪ-/
noun, plural triskelia
[trih-skel-ee-uh, trahy-] /trɪˈskɛl i ə, traɪ-/ (Show IPA)
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.
Also, triskele
[tris-keel, trahy-skeel] /ˈtrɪs kil, ˈtraɪ skil/ (Show IPA)
Origin of triskelion
1855-60; < Greek triskel(ḗs) three-legged (tri- tri- + skél(os) leg + -ēs adj. suffix) + -ion diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Fig. 217 shows a triskelion of symmetric spirals turned to the right.

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

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for triskelion


/trɪˈskɛlɪˌɒn; -ən/
noun (pl) triskelia (trɪˈskɛlɪə), triskeles
a symbol consisting of three bent limbs or lines radiating from a centre
Word Origin
C19: from Greek triskelēs three-legged, from tri- + skelos leg
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Word Origin and History for triskelion

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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