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1. A small table incorporating a tea chest.
2. A small decorative three-legged table.

[Hindi tipāī, tripod, trivet, alteration (influenced by ti-, combining form of tīn, three) of Persian sipāya : si, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + pāy, foot (from Middle Persian pāy; see ped- in Indo-European roots).]
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1. (Furniture) a small table or stand with a tripod base
2. (Furniture) a tea caddy on such a table or stand
[C19: from Hindi tipāī, from Sanskrit tri three + pāda foot; compare Persian sīpae three-legged stand]
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(ˈti pɔɪ)

1. a small three-legged table or stand.
2. a small table for use in serving tea.
[1820–30; < Hindi tīpāi alter. (with t- from tir- three < Skt tri) of Persian si-pāya three-legged stand]
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A small tea table, typically with three legs.
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