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trident

noun

Definition of trident

1 :a 3-pronged spear serving in classical mythology as the attribute of a sea god (such as Neptune)
2 :a 3-pronged spear (as for fishing)

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A trident has three prongs or teeth, as the root dent, "tooth", tells us. The trident has long been used to spear fish in different parts of the world, so there's no mystery about why the Greek sea god Poseidon and his Roman counterpart Neptune both carry a trident as their symbol. In some gladiator exhibitions in ancient Rome, one gladiator, called a retiarius ("net man"), would be equipped as though he were a fisherman, with a weighted net and a trident; with his net he would snare his sword-wielding opponent, and with his trident he would spear his helpless foe.

Origin and Etymology of trident

Latin trident-, tridens, from trident-, tridens having three teeth, from tri- + dent-, dens tooth — more at tooth


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trident

adjective tri·dent \ ˈtrī-dᵊnt \

Definition of trident

:having three teeth, processes, or points

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Origin and Etymology of trident

Latin trident-, tridens


TRIDENT Defined for English Language Learners

trident

noun

Definition of trident for English Language Learners

  • : a spear that has three points and that looks like a large fork


TRIDENT Defined for Kids

trident

noun tri·dent \ ˈtrī-dᵊnt \

Definition of trident for Students

:a spear with three prongs


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