Examples Word Origin cleft into three parts or lobes. Origin of trifid
First recorded in
is from the
split in three. See
-fid Related forms sub·tri·fid, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trifid Historical Examples of trifid
The upper as well as the lower leaves are
trifid, or three-parted.
Posterior arms about one-third larger, also
trifid, with one deeper anterior and one shallower posterior incision.
Posterior arms of the same length, but much broader,
trifid, with two incisions (one larger and one smaller).
Podoconus about two-thirds as long as the capsule, with
trifid porochora, which is composed of three equal circular lobes.
The heliogravure reproduction of the
Trifid nebula is No. 55. British Dictionary definitions for trifid 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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Word Origin and History for trifid adj.
"divided into three lobes," 1620s, from Latin
trifidus "cleft in three," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + -fid. This adjective probably inspired triffid, the name of the three-legged walking poisonous plants in John Wyndham's novel "The Day of the Triffids" (1951).
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Divided into three narrow parts or lobes.
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