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[trim-er-uh s]
  1. Botany. (of flowers) having members in each whorl in groups of three.
  2. Entomology. having three segments or parts.
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Origin of trimerous

1820–30; < New Latin trimerus, equivalent to trimer- (see trimer) + -us -ous
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Examples from the Web for trimerous

Historical Examples

  • So in fuchsias, a very common deviation consists in a trimerous and rarely a dimerous symmetry of the flower.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • A very minute joint at the base of the claw-joint, in most Tetramerous and Trimerous beetles.

  • Trimerous insects are those whose tarsi consist of only three joints.

British Dictionary definitions for trimerous


  1. (of plants) having parts arranged in groups of three
  2. consisting of or having three parts
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trimerous in Science


  1. Having three similar parts or segments.
  2. Having flower parts, such as petals, sepals, and stamens, in sets of three.
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