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triptych (n.)

"three-part altar-piece carvings or pictures hinged together," 1849, based on Italian triptica, from tri- "three" on model of diptych.

updated on February 17, 2014

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Definitions of triptych from WordNet

triptych (n.)
art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together);
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