[ bahy-fair-ee-uhs ]

  1. in two vertical rows.

Origin of bifarious

First recorded in 1650–60; from Late Latin bifārius “twofold, double,” derivative of Latin bifāriam (adverb) “in two parts or places,” equivalent to bi- “twice, two” + -fāriam (perhaps derivative of unattested fās “utterance,” thus originally, “having two expressions”); see -ious, bi-1, infant;cf. multifarious

Other words from bifarious

  • bi·far·i·ous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for bifarious


/ (baɪˈfɛərɪəs) /

  1. botany having parts arranged in two rows on either side of a central axis

Origin of bifarious

C17: from Latin bifārius double

Derived forms of bifarious

  • bifariously, adverb

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