One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having four forms, parts, or aspects.
Square in shape; having four equal sides.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry More (1614–1687), philosopher, poet, and theologian. From classical Latin quadriformis compounded of four figures, in post-classical Latin also having four forms from quadri- + -formis<br>late 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin quadra square + -iform.
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