a combining form meaning “divided,” “lobed,” occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (bifid); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (pinnatifid).
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -fid
< Latin -fidus divided, equivalent to -fid- (variant stem of findere to split) + -us adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for -fid
adj combining form
divided into parts or lobesbifid; pinnatifid
Word Origin for -fid
from Latin -fidus, from findere to split
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