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triclinium

[ trahy-klin-ee-uhm ]
/ traɪˈklɪn i əm /
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noun, plural tri·clin·i·a [trahy-klin-ee-uh]. /traɪˈklɪn i ə/. Roman History.

a couch extending along three sides of a table, for reclining on at meals.
a dining room, especially one containing such a couch.

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Origin of triclinium

1640–50; <Latin trīclīnium<Greek triklī́nion, diminutive of tríklīnos having three couches (adj.), dining room so furnished (noun), equivalent to tri-tri- + klī́n(ē) couch (see clinic) + -ion diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for triclinium

triclinium
/ (traɪˈklɪnɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə) (in ancient Rome)

an arrangement of three couches around a table for reclining upon while dining
a dining room, esp one containing such an arrangement of couches

Word Origin for triclinium

C17: from Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinē a couch
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