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  • adj. Used to describe word roots in Semitic languages which consist of four letters
  • n. A word root in a Semitic language which consists of four letters

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of four letters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of four letters, or of only four constant letters or consonants.
  • n. A word or a root consisting of four letters or containing four consonants.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • All other feet, primary or secondary, consist necessarily of seven letters, as they contain a triliteral Watad (see supra i. 2) with either two biliteral Sabab khafíf (i. 1) or a quadriliteral Fásilah

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • True it is that many root forms exhibit only two consonants (e.g. 07176a09. gif, sab), but these are considered as contractions of original triliteral stems (e.g. 07176a10. gif, savav), and the few quadriliteral roots that occur are almost entirely of foreign origin, or can be otherwise accounted for.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • It is technically called "Haukalah" and "Haulakah," words in the third conjugation of increased triliterals, corresponding with the quadriliteral radicals and possessing the peculiar power of Kasr = abbreviation.

    Arabian nights. English

  • If this quadriliteral man had done so much for _them_, (though really, we think, 6s. 8d. might have settled his claim,) what, says Fire, setting her arms a-kimbo, would they do for _him_?

    Narrative and Miscellaneous Papers

  • Carter Revard St. Louis, Missouri Deciphering The Four-letter Word in a Medieval Manuscript's Satire on Friars The English may now reclaim from the Scots the honor, if such it be, of being the first to put the popular quadriliteral into writing.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 1

  • All other feet, primary or secondary, consist necessarily of seven letters, as they contain a triliteral Watad (see supra i. 2) with either two biliteral Sabab khafíf (i. 1) or a quadriliteral Fásilah (i.

    Arabian nights. English

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  • Consisting of four letters (adj.), a word of four letters (noun) (as opposed to a four-letter word), usually in reference to Semitic words.

    November 1, 2007

  • Heehee. Thank you. :)

    November 1, 2007

  • Well, you could say that it's someone who interprets things very strictly in four languages, but I don't know if that qualifies as a good joke. (That's never stopped me before, however.)

    November 1, 2007

  • All the good jokes are taken. ;-)

    November 1, 2007

  • A four letter word, but not in the vernacular...

    November 1, 2007

  • Oh, well that changes the pronunciation considerably, doesn't it. "quad ruh LEET er ull" :-P

    November 1, 2007

  • I thought it was just the adjective to describe a one-gallon container.

    November 1, 2007

  • A syntactically correct four-word sentence. Happy? ;-)

    November 1, 2007

  • "You shouldn't just make up words and then not define them. That's irresponsible." -Tellurian

    November 1, 2007