- a combining form meaning “three,” used in the formation of compound words: triacid; triatomic.
Origin of tri-
Middle English < Latin, combining form representing Latin trēs, tria, Greek treîs, tría three
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- three or thricetriaxial; trigon; trisect
- occurring every threetrimonthly
from Latin trēs, Greek treis
Word Origin and History for tri-
word-forming element meaning "three," from Latin tres (neuter tria) or Greek treis (neuter tria) "three" (see three).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Containing three atoms, molecules, or groups:triacetic acid.
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