triclinium[trī klin′ē əm]
- a couch extending around three sides of an ancient Roman dining table, for reclining at meals
- an ancient Roman dining room, esp. one with such a couch
Origin: L from Glassical Greek triklinion, diminutive of triklinos from tri-, tri- plush klinē, a couch from klinein: see lean
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noun pl. tri·clin·i·a
- A couch facing three sides of a rectangular table, used by the ancient Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans for reclining at meals.
- A room containing such a couch or couches; a dining room.
Origin: Latin trīclīnium, from Greek triklīnion, diminutive of triklīnos, room with three couches : tri-, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + klīnē, couch; see klei- in Indo-European roots.