triskelion

noun
tri·​skel·​i·​on | \ trī-ˈske-lē-ən, tri-\
variants: or triskele \ ˈtrī-​ˌskēl , ˈtri-​ \

Definition of triskelion

: a figure composed of three usually curved or bent branches radiating from a center

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First Known Use of triskelion

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triskelion

triskelion from New Latin, from Greek triskelēs three-legged, from tri- + skelos leg; triskele from Greek triskelēs — more at isosceles

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