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tri- (three) + Latin litera (letter) + -al.


triliteral (not comparable)

  1. Of word roots in Afroasiatic languages: consisting of three letters.
    • 1911 December 13, C. J. Ball, “A Study in Biblical Philology”, in Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archæology, volume XXXIII, number CCXLIX, London: Society of Biblical Archaeology, OCLC 1113492364, page 13:
      [T]he philologist may well refuse to accept a body of triliteral roots, developed on a highly artificial and uniform plan, as the ultimate fact in Semitic lexicography.


triliteral (plural triliterals)

  1. A word root in an Afroasiatic language that consists of three letters.

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