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a combining form meaning “divided,” “lobed,” occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (bifid); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (pinnatifid).
Origin of -fid
< Latin -fidus divided, equivalent to -fid- (variant stem of findere to split) + -us adj. suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -fid


combining form
divided into parts or lobes: bifid, pinnatifid
Word Origin
from Latin -fidus, from findere to split
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Word Origin and History for -fid

word-forming element meaning "split, divided into parts," from Latin -fidus, related to findere "to split" (see fissure).

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