One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a legislative body) having three chambers.‘the tricameral parliamentary system’
- ‘The Tricameral Parliament can trace its origin back to 1980.’
- ‘The Theron commission laid the groundwork for the formation of the tricameral parliament.’
- ‘The ANC condemned PW Botha's tricameral constitution and refused to work with it.’
- ‘It was during this time that Hendrickse decided to take his coloured Labour Party into Botha's 1983 creation, the tricameral parliamentary system, which was ostensibly designed to give coloureds and Indians political representivity.’
Late 19th century: from tri- ‘three’ + Latin camera ‘chamber’ + -al.
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