One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(An unofficial name for) the semi-arid roughly triangular area of the Canadian prairies, comprising the southern parts of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
1930s. From the name of John Palliser, Irish-born Canadian geographer and explorer, who surveyed the area for the British Colonial Office and the Royal Geographical Society between 1857 and 1860 + triangle. In β form from the genitive of Palliser + triangle.
Palliser triangle/ˌpalɪsə ˈtrʌɪaŋɡl//ˌpalɪsə ˈtrʌɪəŋɡl/
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