a combining form meaning “divided,” “lobed,” occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (bifid ); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (pinnatifid ).

< Latin -fidus divided, equivalent to -fid- (variant stem of findere to split) + -us adj. suffix

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adj combining form
divided into parts or lobes: bifid; pinnatifid
[from Latin -fidus, from findere to split]

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comb. form meaning split, divided into parts, from L. -fidus, related to findere to split (see fissure).
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