triliteral [trahy-lit-er-uh l] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective using or consisting of three letters. (of Semitic roots) consisting of three consonants. noun a triliteral word or root.

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  • Origin of triliteral First recorded in 1745–55; tri- + literal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for triliteral Historical Examples of triliteral

  • Triliteral and Multiliteral Propositions (such as “All abc are de”).

    Symbolic Logic

    Lewis Carroll

  • Triliteral, trī-lit′ėr-al, adj. consisting of three letters.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


  • We can recognise any Semitic dialect by the triliteral character of its roots.

    Chips From A German Workshop – Volume I

    Friedrich Max Mller

  • As Egyptian roots seldom exceeded three letters, there was no need for triliteral phonograms to spell them.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1


  • British Dictionary definitions for triliteral triliteral adjective having three letters (of a word root in Semitic languages) consisting of three consonants noun a word root of three consonants Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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