[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
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Historical Examples of triskelion
Another is a triskelion, the arms of which turn to the right.
Fig. 217 shows a triskelion of symmetric spirals turned to the right.
On the obverse the head of Persephone, on the reverse the quadriga, and above, the triskelion.
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).
British Dictionary definitions for triskelion
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 triskelion
"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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