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In two parts; paired.

Greek dikho‑, apart, in two.

The most common example of this rather rare form is dichotomy (Greek ‑tomia, cutting), a contrast between two things that are opposed or entirely different; others are dichogamy (Greek gamos, marriage), referring to the ripening of the stamens and pistils of a flower at different times, so that the flower cannot fertilize itself; and dichotic (Greek ous, ōt‑, ear), involving or relating to the simultaneous stimulation of the right and left ear by different sounds.

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