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triglyph

[ trahy-glif ]

noun

, Architecture.
  1. a structural member of a Doric frieze, separating two consecutive metopes, and consisting typically of a rectangular block with two vertical grooves or glyphs, and two chamfers or half grooves at the sides, together counting as a third glyph, and leaving three flat vertical bands on the face of the block.


triglyph

/ ˈtraɪˌɡlɪf /

noun

  1. architect a stone block in a Doric frieze, having three vertical channels


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Derived Forms

  • triˈglyphic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • triglyphed adjective
  • tri·glyphic tri·glyphi·cal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of triglyph1

1555–65; < Latin triglyphus < Greek tríglyphos thrice-grooved, equivalent to tri- tri- + glyph ( ) glyph + -os adj. suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of triglyph1

C16: via Latin from Greek trigluphos three-grooved, from tri- tri- + gluphē carving. See glyph

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Example Sentences

The capitals of each triglyph are to measure one sixth of a module.

The short band, corresponding to the triglyph, beneath the tnia moulding which crowns the epistyle; the listel.

Triglyph, trī′glif, n. a three-grooved tablet at equal distances along the frieze in Doric architecture.

Thus, in the Doric temple, the triglyph and cornice are unimitative; or imitative only of artificial cuttings of wood.

Hence the metopes next to the corner columns do not come out perfectly square, but are too broad by half the width of a triglyph.

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