1. A three-legged object, such as a cauldron, stool, or table.
2. An adjustable three-legged stand, as for supporting a transit or camera.
[Latin tripūs, tripod-, from Greek tripous, three-footed : tri-, tri- + pous, foot; see -POD.]
tripo·dal (trĭpə-dl, trīpŏd′l) adj.
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