One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a leaf) pinnately divided, but not all the way down to the central axis.
- ‘The cuff bracelet is ornamented with chrysanthemums bordering a central faceted citrine and overlapping pinnatifid leaves engraved to delineate the veins.’
- ‘The leaves are sharply serrated, never pinnate or pinnatifid, sometimes the serration is confined to the apices.’
Mid 18th century: from modern Latin pinnatifidus, from Latin pinnatus ‘feathered’ + fid- ‘cleft’ (from the verb findere).
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