[ 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

bi·far·i·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bifarious


/ (baɪˈfɛərɪəs) /


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

Derived Forms

bifariously, adverb

Word Origin for bifarious

C17: from Latin bifārius double
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