troika

[ troi-kuh ]
/ ˈtrɔɪ kə /

noun

a Russian carriage, wagon, or sleigh drawn by a team of three horses abreast.
a team of three horses driven abreast.
any group of three persons, nations, etc., acting equally in unison to exert influence, control, or the like.

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Origin of troika

1835–45; <Russian tróĭka threesome, troika, derivative of tróe three (collective), akin to trithree
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British Dictionary definitions for troika

troika
/ (ˈtrɔɪkə) /

noun

a Russian vehicle drawn by three horses abreast
three horses harnessed abreast
a triumvirate

Word Origin for troika

C19: from Russian, from troe three
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