[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 triskelion
On the obverse the head of Persephone, on the reverse the quadriga, and above, the triskelion.
Fig. 217 shows a triskelion of symmetric spirals turned to the right.
Another is a triskelion, the arms of which turn to the right.
In the first place, the triskelion, which is the foundation of this hypothesis, made its first appearance on the coins of Lycia.
Even the triskelion of the Lycian coins is within an indented square (figs. 225 and 226).
- a symbol consisting of three bent limbs or lines radiating from a centre
C19: from Greek triskelēs three-legged, from tri- + skelos leg
Word Origin and History for triskelion
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