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trivet1

[triv-it] /ˈtrɪv ɪt/
noun
1.
a small metal plate with short legs, especially one put under a hot platter or dish to protect a table.
2.
a three-footed or three-legged stand or support, especially one of iron placed over a fire to support cooking vessels or the like.
Origin of trivet1
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English trevet, Old English trefet, apparently blend of Old English thrifēte three-footed and Latin triped-, stem of tripēs three-footed (with Vulgar Latin -e- for Latin -i-)

trivet2

[triv-it] /ˈtrɪv ɪt/
noun
1.
a special knife for cutting pile loops, as of velvet or carpets.
Also, trivette.
Origin
origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for trivet
  • Set in a kettle on a trivet, and surround with cold water.
  • For pots that did not have fat on them, a trivet was required for supporting it.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the process of laminating wood to create a design by making a trivet or coaster.
  • Take the hot pan with the omelet to the table and place it on a trivet.
British Dictionary definitions for trivet

trivet

/ˈtrɪvɪt/
noun
1.
a stand, usually three-legged and metal, on which cooking vessels are placed over a fire
2.
a short metal stand on which hot dishes are placed on a table
3.
(old-fashioned) as right as a trivet, in perfect health
Word Origin
Old English trefet (influenced by Old English thrifēte having three feet), from Latin tripēs having three feet
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Word Origin and History for trivet
n.

three-legged iron stand, 12c., trefet, probably from Latin tripedem (nominative tripes) "three-footed," from tri- "three" (see three) + pes "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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