trifid

[ trahy-fid ]
/ ˈtraɪ fɪd /
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adjective

cleft into three parts or lobes.

Origin of trifid

First recorded in 1745–55, trifid is from the Latin word trifidus split in three. See tri-, -fid

Related forms

sub·tri·fid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trifid

trifid

/ (ˈtraɪfɪd) /

adjective

divided or split into three parts or lobes

Word Origin for trifid

C18: from Latin trifidus from tri- + findere to split
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Medicine definitions for trifid

trifid

[ trīfĭd′ ]

adj.

Divided into three narrow parts or lobes.

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