- a combining form meaning “divided,” “lobed,” occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (bifid); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (pinnatifid).
Origin of -fid
< Latin -fidus divided, equivalent to -fid- (variant stem of findere to split) + -us adj. suffix
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- divided into parts or lobesbifid; pinnatifid
from Latin -fidus, from findere to split
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Word Origin and History for -fid
word-forming element meaning "split, divided into parts," from Latin -fidus, related to findere "to split" (see fissure).
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