tri·​skel·​i·​on trī-ˈske-lē-ən How to pronounce triskelion (audio)
variants or triskele
: a figure composed of three usually curved or bent branches radiating from a center

Illustration of triskelion

Illustration of triskelion

Examples of triskelion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The triskelion flag would certainly look handsome planted in lunar ground. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Taing Molteni built the mural’s mesmerizing design on a triskelion, an ancient Irish symbol of three connecting spirals. Cate McQuaid,, 25 July 2023 The cartouches are engraved with the watchmaker’s mark and the serial number, while the main plate is decorated with the triskelion motif of the Isle of Man. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 5 Nov. 2022 But even amongst these exceptions, a triskelion animal with three locomotory limbs, has never appeared. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 18 May 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triskelion was circa 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Triskelion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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