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triliteral

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adjective tri·lit·er·al \-ˈli-t(ə-)rəl\

Definition of triliteral

  1. :  consisting of three letters and especially of three consonants triliteral roots in Semitic languages

triliteralism

play \-t(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology of triliteral

tri- + Latin littera letter


First Known Use: 1751


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triliteral

noun tri·lit·er·al

Definition of triliteral

  1. :  a root or word that is triliteral

Circa 1828

First Known Use of triliteral

circa 1828


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