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1Two; having two:‘bicoloured’See also bin-‘biathlon’
- 1.1 Occurring twice in every one or once in every two:‘bicentennial’
- 1.2 Lasting for two:‘biennial’
- 1.3 Doubly; in two ways:‘biconcave’
- 1.4Chemistry (in names of compounds) containing two atoms or groups of a specified kind:‘biphenyl’
- 1.5Chemistry Denoting an acid salt:‘bicarbonate’
- 1.6Botany Zoology (of division and subdivision) twice over:‘bipinnate’
- 1.1 Occurring twice in every one or once in every two:
The meaning of bimonthly (and other similar words such as biweekly and biyearly) is ambiguous. Such words can either mean ‘occurring or produced twice a month’ or ‘occurring or produced every two months’. The only way to avoid this ambiguity is to use alternative expressions like every two months and twice a month. Biannual and biennial are also confusing: biannual means ‘occurring twice a year’ and biennial means ‘occurring every two years’
From Latin, doubly, having two; related to Greek di- two.
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