[trih-skel-ee-on, -uh n, trahy-]
noun, plural tris·kel·i·a [trih-skel-ee-uh, trahy-] /trɪˈskɛl i ə, traɪ-/.
- a symbolic figure consisting of three legs, arms, or branches radiating from a common center, as the device of Sicily and the Isle of Man.
Also tris·kele [tris-keel, trahy-skeel] /ˈtrɪs kil, ˈtraɪ skil/
Origin of triskelion
< Greek triskel(ḗs
) three-legged (tri- tri-
) leg + -ēs
adj. suffix) + -ion
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for triskele
Historical Examples of triskele
I have already (p. 213) referred to the ultimate fate of the triskele.
It is clear the was a far older and more widely spread symbol than the triskele, as well as a more purely Aryan one.
An interesting example of the transformation of a symbol into an emblem is found in the case of the triskele or triquetra.
In various places transition occur between the tetraskele and triskele (Fig. 130, I).
The triskele and the circles are sometimes found on faces figured on coins.
British Dictionary definitions for triskele
noun plural triskelia (trɪˈskɛlɪə) or triskeles
- a symbol consisting of three bent limbs or lines radiating from a centre
Word Origin for triskelion
C19: from Greek triskelēs three-legged, from tri- + skelos leg
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Word Origin and History for triskele
"figure consisting of three branches radiating from a center," 1880, earlier triskelos (1857), from Greek triskeles "three-legged," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + skelos "leg" (see scalene).
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