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trivet (n.)

three-legged iron stand, 12c., trefet, probably from a noun use of Latin tripedem (nominative tripes) "three-footed," from tri- "three" (see three) + pes "foot" (from PIE root *ped- "foot").

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Definitions of trivet

trivet (n.)
a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth;
trivet (n.)
a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table;
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