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A trident is a three-pronged spear. It is used for spear fishing and historically as a polearm.

The trident is the weapon of Poseidon, or Neptune, the God of the sea in classical mythology. The trident can sometimes be owned by other marine deities such as Tritons in classical art, and the trident can also be depicted in medieval heraldry, sometimes owned by a merman-Triton. In Hinduism, it is the weapon of Shiva, known under the name of trishula (Sanskrit for “triple spear”).

The word “trident” comes from the French word trident, which in turn comes from the Latin word tridens or tridents: tri meaning “three” and dentes are meaning “teeth,” referring specifically to the three prongs, or “teeth,” of the weapon.

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The Greek equivalent is τρίαινα (tríaina), from the Proto-Greek trianja, which means “threefold.” The Greek term does not imply three of something specific and is vague in form, so the hypothesis that it was originally of the “trident” form has been disputed.

The Latin fuscina also mean “trident.”

The Sanskrit name for the trident, trishula, is a sorting compound त्रि for “three” and śūla शूल for “thorn,” calling the three teeth of the trident “thorns” rather than “teeth.”

The trident is associated with the sea god Poseidon and his Roman counterpart Neptune.

This divine instrument would have been forged by cyclops.

Poseidon struck a rock with his trident, revealing a sea (or a source of saltwater, called the Erechtheis) nearby on the Acropolis of Athens. And according to Roman sources, Neptune struck the ground with the trident to produce the first warhorse.

Poseidon, in addition to being the god of the sea, was also known as “Earth-Shaker”, suspected of causing earthquakes some commentators have extrapolated that the god would use the trident to provoke them, possibly by striking the ground.

In the sculpture by Renaissance artist Gian Bernini, Neptune, and Triton (1622–1623), Neptune is posed holding a newt facing down and is thought to reproduce a scene from the metamorphosis of Aeneid or d ‘Ovid where he calms the waves to help the ships of Aeneas.

In later Greek and Roman art and literature, other marine deities and their attendants were depicted holding the trident.

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