Definition of triffid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrifid/
(also Triffid)


(In science fiction) one of a race of predatory plants that are capable of growing to a gigantic size and are possessed of locomotor ability and a poisonous sting.
Example sentences
  • A quick trip to the greenhouse to do the watering last night has shown that things are growing like triffids!
  • You will have noticed that the number of television channels is growing faster than a triffid on a compost heap, meaning more choice for advertisers and viewers.
  • The 2003 Tour was the fastest on record, averaging more than 25 miles per hour and putting the cyclists under threat from speed cameras, currently proliferating throughout the world like triffids.


Coined by John Wyndham in Day of the Triffids (1951).

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Syllabification: trif·fid

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