Definition of trifid in English:

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trifid

Pronunciation: /ˈtrīfid/

adjective

chiefly Biology
Partly or wholly split into three divisions or lobes.
Example sentences
  • The suture is quadrilobate and of modest complexity, with two trifid lobes represented on the flanks, margined by bifid saddles.
  • Miloradovich also recognized these cardinal process types, and noted that the median lobe of the massive, trifid cardinal process often is recurved dorsally.
  • The trifid third and bifid fourth lobes are incompletely separated by a lower and smaller fourth lateral saddle.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin trifidus, from tri- 'three' + fid- 'split, divided' (from the verb findere).

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Syllabification: tri·fid

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