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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).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
A small tea table, typically with three legs.
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