drei·​kan·​ter | \ ˈdrīˌkäntə(r), -kan- \
plural dreikanters or dreikanter

Definition of dreikanter

: a 3-faced pebble faceted by wind-blown sand broadly : ventifact

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History and Etymology for dreikanter

German, literally, one having three edges, from drei three (from Old High German drī) + kante edge (from Low German kant, kante, from Middle Low German, from Middle Dutch cant) + -er (from Old High German -āri)

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“Dreikanter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreikanter. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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