[trih-skel-ee-on, -uh n, trahy-]
- 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
1855–60; < Greek triskel(ḗs) three-legged (tri- tri- + skél(os) leg + -ēs adj. suffix) + -ion diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for 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.The Swastika
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.The Religion of the Ancient Celts
J. A. MacCulloch
- a symbol consisting of three bent limbs or lines radiating from a centre
C19: from Greek triskelēs three-legged, from tri- + skelos leg
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Word Origin and History for triskele
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