2 [triv-it]
a special knife for cutting pile loops, as of velvet or carpets.
Also, trivette.

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trivet (ˈtrɪvɪt)
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
[Old English trefet (influenced by Old English thrifēte having three feet), from Latin tripēs having three feet]

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Word Origin & History

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