a combining form meaning “divided,” “lobed,” occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (bifid); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (pinnatifid).

Nearby words

  1. -ferous,
  2. -fest,
  3. -fex,
  4. -fic,
  5. -fication,
  6. -flavin,
  7. -florous,
  8. -fold,
  9. -folious,
  10. -footed

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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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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