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Consisting of three letters, especially of three consonants. Used chiefly of roots in Semitic languages.
1. A three-letter word or word element.
2. A triliteral root or word.
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1. (Linguistics) having three letters
2. (Linguistics) (of a word root in Semitic languages) consisting of three consonants
(Linguistics) a word root of three consonants
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(traɪˈlɪt ər əl)

1. using or consisting of three letters.
2. (of Semitic roots) consisting of three consonants.
3. a triliteral word or root.

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This effect is strengthened in that all the rhyme words of the poem are triliteral substantives (fa'l, fi'l)--a form that inevitably predominates, given that the Arabic morphological possibilities available for the particular meter and -smu rhyme pattern of this poem are extremely limited.
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The last 50 pages give the triliteral stems of all words included; the dictionary itself gives the words as they normally appear in the Quran.
Zak Cramer has explained in some detail how "Khuzdal, the language of the Dwarves, mimics Hebrew, with its guttural consonants, triliteral roots, and typical constructions" (Cramer 9).
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As an Israeli acquaintance once said to him, the Hebrew language "invites and encourages you to come into the center of its essence." That is so largely because the language is structured upon three-letter, or triliteral, roots.
The word "da'wah" comes from the triliteral Arabic root d'w, whose most basic meaning is "call." As such, the word can describe (1) preaching, (2) theological-political campaigning or propagandizing, and (3) calling others to the Islamic faith, analogous to the Christian concept of missions.
Mainstream morphological theory, in Hebrew (as in Arabic), is predominantly based on the triliteral root.
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What turns out to be another obstacle for translation is the particular structure of Hebrew which, with its system of triliteral roots, makes the etymological nucleus of both verbs and nouns, however conjugated and declined, constantly transparent.
In its general sense, the word dalal [from the triliteral root d-l-l] denotes, inter alia, losing one's way.
The Arabic word halal stems from the triliteral root h-l-l with a primary lexical meaning of "to untie [a knot]." This meaning of "free from obligation or restraint" leads to the legal definition of halal within Islamic jurisprudence as "lawful, permissible, or allowable." (27) This category contains multiple complex sub-categories in the traditional schools of law, ranging from the barely permissible to the obligatory.