Definition of multifid in English:

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multifid

Pronunciation: /ˈməltiˌfid/ /ˈməltə-/ /ˈməltī-/

adjective

Botany & Zoology
Divided into several or many parts by deep clefts or notches.
Example sentences
  • Typical of the family Polygalaceae, the anterior petal is keel-like, with a lobed multifid crest.
  • Several papillae are present along the posterior margin of the sheath, including a multifid papilla at the posterior apex.
  • Seeds ovoid or oblong, shiny, with apically a 2-fid to multifid caruncle.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin multifidus, from multus 'much, many' + -fid from fidus 'cleft, split'.

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Syllabification: mul·ti·fid

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