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Having three unequal sides. Used of triangles.
[Late Latin scalēnus, from Greek skalēnos, from skallein, to hoe, stir up; see skel- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Mathematics) maths (of a triangle) having all sides of unequal length
2. (Anatomy) anatomy of or relating to any of the scalenus muscles
[C17: from Late Latin scalēnus with unequal sides, from Greek skalēnos]
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a. (of a cone or the like) having the axis inclined to the base.
b. (of a triangle) having three unequal sides.
[1635–45; < Late Latin scalēnus < Greek skalēnós unequal]
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Having three unequal sides, as a triangle that is neither equilateral nor isosceles.
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|Adj.||1.||scalene - of a triangle having three sides of different lengths|
|2.||scalene - of or relating to any of the scalene muscles|
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