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tripod

[trahy-pod]
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noun
  1. a stool, table, pedestal, etc., with three legs.
  2. a three-legged stand or support, as for a camera or telescope.
  3. the oracular seat of the priestess of Apollo at Delphi.
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Origin of tripod

1595–1605; < Latin tripod- (stem of tripūs) < Greek tripod- (stem of trípous) orig., three-footed. See tri-, -pod
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tripod

noun
  1. an adjustable and usually collapsible three-legged stand to which a camera, etc, can be attached to hold it steady
  2. a stand or table having three legs
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Derived Formstripodal (ˈtrɪpədəl), adjective

Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek tripod-, tripous three-footed, from tri- + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for tripod

n.

c.1600, "three-legged vessel," from Latin tripus (genitive tripodis), from Greek tripous (genitive tripodos) "a three-legged stool or table," literally "three-footed," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot).

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