Triliteral Tri*lit"er*al, a. [Pref. tri- + literal.] Consisting of three letters; trigrammic; as, a triliteral root or word. -- n. A triliteral word. [1913 Webster]

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  • triliteral — [trī lit′ər əl] adj. [< TRI + L littera, a letter + AL] consisting of three letters; specif., consisting of three consonants [most roots of Semitic languages are triliteral] triliteralism n …   English World dictionary

  • triliteral — adj. 2 g. Composto de três letras …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • triliteral — I. adjective Etymology: tri + Latin littera letter Date: 1751 consisting of three letters and especially of three consonants < triliteral roots in Semitic languages > • triliteralism noun II. noun Date: circa 1828 a root or word that is trilitera …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Triliteral — In the terminology used to discuss the grammar of the Semitic languages and some other Afro Asiatic languages, a triliteral (Arabic: جذر ثلاثي, transl|sem|ǧaḏr ṯalāṯī ) is a root containing a sequence of three consonants (so also known as a… …   Wikipedia

  • triliteral — /truy lit euhr euhl/, adj. 1. using or consisting of three letters. 2. (of Semitic roots) consisting of three consonants. n. 3. a triliteral word or root. [1745 55; TRI + LITERAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • triliteral — tri•lit•er•al [[t]traɪˈlɪt ər əl[/t]] adj. 1) ling. using or consisting of three letters 2) ling. (of Semitic roots) consisting of three consonants 3) ling. a triliteral word or root • Etymology: 1745–55 tri•lit′er•al•ism n …   From formal English to slang

  • triliteral — /traɪˈlɪtərəl/ (say truy lituhruhl) adjective 1. consisting of three letters, as a word. –noun 2. a triliteral word or root …   Australian English dictionary

  • triliteral — См. trilìttero …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • triliteral — 1. adjective Used to describe word roots in Semitic languages which consist of three letters 2. noun A word root in a Semitic languages which consist of three letters …   Wiktionary

  • triliteral — adj. having three letters …   English contemporary dictionary

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