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bifid

[bahy-fid]
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adjective
  1. separated or cleft into two equal parts or lobes.
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Origin of bifid

1655–65; < Latin bifidus, equivalent to bi- bi-1 + fid- (variant stem of findere to split; akin to bite) + -us adj. suffix
Related formsbi·fid·i·ty, nounbi·fid·ly, adverb
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Related Words for bifid

bifurcate, divided, zigzag, split, branching, tined, angled, bifurcated, branched, furcate, divaricate, bifid, dichotomous, pronged

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British Dictionary definitions for bifid

bifid

adjective
  1. divided into two lobes by a median cleftbifid leaves
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Derived Formsbifidity, nounbifidly, adverb

Word Origin for bifid

C17: from Latin bifidus from bi- 1 + -fidus, from findere to split
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Word Origin and History for bifid

adj.

"split in two equal parts," 1660s, from Latin bifidus "split into two parts," from bi- (see bi-) + stem of findere "to split" (see fissure).

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bifid in Medicine

bifid

(bīfĭd)
adj.
  1. Forked or split into two parts.
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