[ trahy-kwee-truhs, -kwe- ]
/ traɪˈkwi trəs, -ˈkwɛ- /
having a triangular cross section.
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Origin of triquetrous
1650–60; <Latin triquetrus triangular, equivalent to tri-tri- + -quetrus cornered
OTHER WORDS FROM triquetroussub·tri·que·trous, adjective
Words nearby triquetrous
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Example sentences from the Web for triquetrous
Triquetrous, sharply three-angled; and especially with the sides concave, like a bayonet.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
Triquetrous, trī-kwet′rus, adj. three-sided: triangular—also Triquet′ral.
British Dictionary definitions for triquetrous
/ (traɪˈkwiːtrəs, -ˈkwɛt-) /
triangular, esp in cross sectiona triquetrous stem
Word Origin for triquetrous
C17: from Latin triquetrus having three corners
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