The origin of the term is uncertain; most likely a loan-word from pre-Greek, possibly Phrygian or Illyrian. The θρι- has also been connected with a term for "fig tree" (compare θρῖον 'fig leaf')[source?], while -αμβος is probably the same element that also occurs in ἴαμβος "a poetic meter".
- (5th BC Attic): IPA: /tʰrí.ambos/
- (1st BC Egyptian): IPA: /tʰríambos/
- (4th AD Koine): IPA: /θríambos/
- (10th AD Byzantine): IPA: /θríambos/
- (15th AD Constantinopolitan): IPA: /θɾíãbos/