One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Divided into several or many parts by deep clefts or notches.
- ‘Examples include bifid vs. multifid styles, stellate vs. lepidote trichomes, and leaves with or without basal glands.’
- ‘Several papillae are present along the posterior margin of the sheath, including a multifid papilla at the posterior apex.’
- ‘Typical of the family Polygalaceae, the anterior petal is keel-like, with a lobed multifid crest.’
- ‘Seeds ovoid or oblong, shiny, with apically a 2-fid to multifid caruncle.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin multifidus, from multus ‘much, many’ + -fid from fidus ‘cleft, split’.
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