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 (trī′bō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭs′ĭ-tē, -ē′lĕk-, trĭb′ō-)
n. pl. tri·bo·e·lec·tric·i·ties
An electrical charge produced by friction between two objects that are nonconductive.

[Greek tribos, a rubbing, from trībein, to rub; see terə- in Indo-European roots + electricity.]

tri′bo·e·lec′tric adj.
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(ˌtraɪbəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ; -ˌiːlɛk-)
(General Physics) static electricity generated by friction. Also called: frictional electricity
ˌtriboeˈlectric adj
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(ˌtraɪ boʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-, ˌtrɪb oʊ-)

electricity generated by friction.
tri`bo•e•lec′tric (-trɪk) adj.
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