An example of a trident is the spear held in an image of the Greek god of the sea.
- a three-pronged spear used by the retiarius in ancient Roman gladiatorial combats
- a three-pronged fish spear
- Class. Myth. a three-pronged spear borne as a scepter by the sea god Poseidon, or Neptune
Origin of tridentClassical Latin tridens (gen. tridentis) ; from tri-, tri- + dens, tooth
- A long, three-pronged fork or weapon, especially a three-pronged spear used for fishing.
- Greek & Roman Mythology The three-pronged spear carried by Neptune or Poseidon.
Origin of tridentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin trid&emacron;ns, trident- : tri-, tri- + d&emacron;ns, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.
detail of a statue of Britannia outside St. Paul's Cathedral
From Latin tridÄ“ns, from trÄ“s (“three") + dÄ“ns (“tooth").