triptych

[ trip-tik ]
/ ˈtrɪp tɪk /

noun

Fine Arts. a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like.
a hinged, three-leaved tablet, written on, in ancient times, with a stylus.

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Origin of triptych

1725–35; <Greek tríptychos of three plates, equivalent to tri-tri- + ptych- (stem of ptýx) plate + -os adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for triptych

triptych
/ (ˈtrɪptɪk) /

noun

a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece
a set of three hinged writing tablets

Word Origin for triptych

C18: from Greek triptukhos, from tri- + ptux plate; compare diptych
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