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Brief, unaccompanied songs for men’s chorus, usually having three to four voice parts, popular in the 1800s.

Descriptionary by Marc McCutcheon, 1992.

Hat Trick

If a bowler in cricket takes three wickets with three successive balls, he is said to have done the hat trick. The feat is so rarely accomplished that in the early days of cricket, any player who pulled it off was awarded a hat as a bonus.

Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins by William and Mary Morris, 1977.

Fu Lu Shou

In Chinese philosophy, the Three Plenties. They are represented either by the three Chinese ideographic characters, or by a bat (fu) symbolizing happiness, a deer (lu) symbolizing honor, and a peach (shou) symbolizing longevity.

Dictionary of Mysticism by Frank Gaynor, 1953.

“Avoid him who, from mere curiosity, asks three questions running, about a thing that cannot interest him.”

Lavater. Many Thoughts of Many Minds by Henry Southgate, 1902.

Three Kings of Cologne

A name given to the three magi who visited the infant Saviour. Their names are commonly said to be Jaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar; but one tradition gives them as Apellius, Amerus, Damascus; another as Magalath, Galgalath, Sarasin; and still another as Ator, Sator, Peratoras.

A Dictionary of the Noted Names in Fiction by William A. Wheeler, 1865.