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dimorphous

or di·mor·phic

[dahy-mawr-fuh s]
adjective
  1. having two forms.
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Origin of dimorphous

From the Greek word dímorphos, dating back to 1825–35. See dimorph, -ous
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Examples from the Web for dimorphic

Historical Examples

  • So it is, as I have myself observed, with some dimorphic plants.

    On the Origin of Species

    Charles Darwin

  • Dimorphic flowers are frequent, as in the bog-bean (Menyanthes).

  • We shall clearly understand why monœcious and diœcious,—why dimorphic and trimorphic plants exist, and many other such cases.

  • By the way, my notions on hybridity are becoming considerably altered by my dimorphic work.

  • On the character and hybrid-like nature of the offspring from the illegitimate unions of dimorphic and trimorphic plants.

    Life of Charles Darwin

    G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany


Word Origin and History for dimorphic

dimorphous

adj.

1832, from Greek dimorphos "of two forms," from di- (see di- (1)) + morphe "form, shape" (see Morpheus).

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