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triclinium

[trahy-klin-ee-uh m] /traɪˈklɪn i əm/
noun, plural triclinia
[trahy-klin-ee-uh] /traɪˈklɪn i ə/ (Show IPA).
Roman History
1.
a couch extending along three sides of a table, for reclining on at meals.
2.
a dining room, especially one containing such a couch.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin trīclīnium < Greek triklī́nion, diminutive of tríklīnos having three couches (adj.), dining room so furnished (noun), equivalent to tri- tri- + klī́n(ē) couch (see clinic) + -ion diminutive suffix
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triclinium

/traɪˈklɪnɪəm/
noun (in ancient Rome) (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
1.
an arrangement of three couches around a table for reclining upon while dining
2.
a dining room, esp one containing such an arrangement of couches
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinē a couch
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