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"השולחן הזה הוא טרפז."

Translation:This table is a trapezoid.

June 28, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

A טְּרַפֵּז is a quadrilateral with at least two equal sides. In the US, that’s called a trapezoid; in the UK, a trapezium.

(Edited to streamline this comment about three years after writing it)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlmogL

I didn't know that! Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

In NAE, ‘trapezoid’ is the shape with at least two parallel sides, and a ‘trapezium’ is a convex quadrilateral with four unequal sides.

Elsewhere, it’s the other way around.

The word trapezoid is actually the older way of calling it, dating back to the 5th century; using ‘trapezium’ dates back to the 16th. (See here)

(Edited to streamline this comment about three years after writing it)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DL-Trolls

Not me. What the %#&k is a trapezoid, in plain English, people!? A table is a rectangle or square with four legs. Is a trapezoid a rectangle or square with four legs?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DL-Trolls

If the table has only 2 parallel sides. In other words, a weirdo table.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NaftaliFri1

interesting, never heard of the second one


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tsuj1g1r1

Funny thing is "trapezium" is derived from Greek τραπέζιον, ultimately from Ancient Greek τρᾰ́πεζᾰ, which means "table." So basically, this sentence says "This table is table-like." I wonder if it was on purpose. Love our course contributors!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Home-To-Him

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