trivium

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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

trivium ‎(plural trivia)

  1. (in medieval universities) The lower division of the liberal arts; grammar, logic and rhetoric.
  2. (zoology) The three anterior ambulacra of echinoderms, collectively.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tri- ‎(three) +‎ via ‎(road). Compare trivius, epithet of deities having temples at the intersection of three roads.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

trivium n ‎(genitive triviī); second declension

  1. a crossroads or fork where three roads meet
  2. (Medieval Latin) trivium
  3. accusative singular of trivium
  4. vocative singular of trivium

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative trivium trivia
genitive triviī triviōrum
dative triviō triviīs
accusative trivium trivia
ablative triviō triviīs
vocative trivium trivia

Adjective[edit]

trivium

  1. nominative neuter singular of trivius
  2. accusative masculine singular of trivius
  3. accusative neuter singular of trivius
  4. vocative neuter singular of trivius

References[edit]

  • trivium” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • trivium” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • Hercules at the cross-roads, between virtue and vice: Hercules in trivio, in bivio, in compitis