from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The formation situated between the Permian and Lias, and so named by the Germans, because consisting of three series of strata, which are called in German the Bunter sandstein, Muschelkalk, and Keuper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, same as triad, 3.
  • n. [capitalized] In geology, same as Triassic.
  • n. [capitalized] In German history, a name sometimes given to the old German empire, reckoned as consisting of three coördinate parts—Austria, Prussia, and the group of smaller states.


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  • The word trias (of which the Latin trinitas is a translation) is first found in Theophilus of Antioch about A.D.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner

  • This word is derived from the Greek word trias, first used by Theophilus (A.D. 168-183), or from the Latin trinitas, first used by Tertullian (A.D. 220), to express this doctrine.

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  • The word "trias" is sometimes used of the three old Roman deities, Jupiter, Mars, Quirinus

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  • [footnote] ** Murchison makes two divisions of the 'bunter sandstone', the upper being the same as the 'trias' of Alberti, while the lower division, to which the 'Vosges sandstone' of Elie de Beaumont belongs -- the 'zeckstein' and the 'todtliegende' -- he forms his 'Permian' system.

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  • Johannesburg residence in his absence, the trias thrown out of court by a judge last year, but prosecutors have since been firming up their case and charges became more or less inevitable last month when Zuma lost a legal challenge to a series of search warrants.

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  • There was no real internal policy making and the principle of trias politica was never recognised.42 Instead, the Colonial Government employed another trinity: the General Prosecutor, the Perintah Alus Secret Police, and Boven-Digul, a political concentration camp in the swamps of New Guinea.

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  • A particular role is played in this by the trinitas or trias harmonica (= triad) as a fundamental musical phenomenon whose trinitarian theological symbolic meaning is constantly being referred to.


  • The meridian altitude of the _fifth day_ has to be looked for where ocean-life, with its sauria and innumerable animals, gave its impress to organic life on earth, and the air was filled with inhabitants: geology calls such a time the _secondary period_ of trias, Iura, and chalk.

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  • This word is derived from the Gr. trias, first used by

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  • The rocks are argillaceous, sericitic and chloritic, metamorphosed slates and schists, sedimentary pre Jura-trias slates, and ancient devitrified volcanic rocks.

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