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[bahy-fair-ee-uh s] /baɪˈfɛər i əs/
adjective, Botany.
in two vertical rows.
Origin of bifarious
1650-60; < Late Latin bifārius twofold, double, derivative (see -ious) of Latin bifāriam (adv.) in two parts or places, equivalent to bi- bi-1 + -fāriam (perhaps derivative of *fās utterance, thus orig. “having two expressions”; see infant); cf. multifarious
Related forms
bifariously, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bifarious


(botany) having parts arranged in two rows on either side of a central axis
Derived Forms
bifariously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin bifārius double
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Word Origin and History for bifarious

1650s, from Latin bifarius "twofold, double," probably originally "that which can be expressed in two ways" [Klein], from bi- (see bi-) + fari "to speak, say" (see fame (n.)). Related: Bifariously.

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