Trivial name
Trivial Triv"i*al, a. [L. trivialis, properly, that is in, or belongs to, the crossroads or public streets; hence, that may be found everywhere, common, fr. trivium a place where three roads meet, a crossroad, the public street; tri- (see {Tri-}) + via a way: cf. F. trivial. See {Voyage}.] 1. Found anywhere; common. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. Ordinary; commonplace; trifling; vulgar. [1913 Webster]

As a scholar, meantime, he was trivial, and incapable of labor. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

3. Of little worth or importance; inconsiderable; trifling; petty; paltry; as, a trivial subject or affair. [1913 Webster]

The trivial round, the common task. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

4. Of or pertaining to the trivium. [1913 Webster]

{Trivial name} (Nat. Hist.), the specific name. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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