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Origin of trapezium
- Originally, a quadrilateral with two parallel sides (later confused with trapezoid originally, a quadrilateral having no parallel sides) from Modern Latin trapezium a quadrilateral with two parallel sides from Late Greek trapezion from Greek diminutive of trapeza table tra- four kwetwer- in Indo-European roots peza foot ped- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Recorded since 1570, from Late Latin trapezium, from Ancient Greek τραπέζιον (trapezion, “irregular quadrilateral", literally “a little table"), diminutive of τράπεζα (trapeza, “table")", itself from τρά- (tra-, “four") + πέζα (peza, “foot, edge").