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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-fid

Divided in a specified way or into a specified number of parts.

[Latin fidus, cleft or split.]

Something trifid (Latin tri-, three), less commonly trefid, is partly or wholly split into three divisions or lobes (not to be confused with a triffid, a predatory plant moving on three legs, invented by John Wyndham in The Day of the Triffids); similarly something bifid (Latin bi-, two) is divided by a deep cleft or notch into two parts; a leaf that is pinnatifid (Latin pinnatus, feathered) has leaflets arranged on either side of the stem, but not divided all the way down to the central axis.

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