triclinium

triclinium

[trahy-klin-ee-uhm]
noun, plural triclinia [trahy-klin-ee-uh] . 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:
1640–50; < 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)
 
n , pl -ia
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
 
[C17: from Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinē a couch]

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