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 (trī-skĕl′ē-ən, trĭ-) also tri·skele (trī′skēl′, trĭs′kēl′)
n. pl. tri·skel·i·a (-skĕl′ē-ə) also tri·skeles
A figure consisting of three curved lines or branches, or three stylized human arms or legs, radiating from a common center.

[New Latin, from Greek triskelēs, three-legged : tri-, tri- + skelos, leg.]


(trɪˈskɛlɪˌɒn; -ən) or


n, pl triskelia (trɪˈskɛlɪə) or triskeles
(Art Terms) a symbol consisting of three bent limbs or lines radiating from a centre
[C19: from Greek triskelēs three-legged, from tri- + skelos leg]


(trɪˈskɛl iˌɒn, -ən, traɪ-)

also tris•kele

(ˈtrɪs kil, ˈtraɪ skil)

n., pl. tris•kel•i•a (trɪˈskɛl i ə, traɪ-) also tris•keles.
a symbolic figure consisting of three legs, arms, or branches radiating from a common center.
[1855–60; < Greek triskel(ḗs) three-legged (tri- tri- + -skelēs, adj. derivative of skélos leg) + -ion n. suffix]
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Noun1.triskelion - a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center
pattern, design, figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
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(1) These ovoid bodies were also present in preparations of coated vesicles that had been treated with 2 M urea to remove clathrin triskelions, suggesting that the bodies were more stable than the coated vesicles.
The Tau Gamma Phi fraternity, originally known as the Order of the UP Triskelions, has been implicated in another hazing incident which resulted in the death of a student in Mindanao.