Once opened, this fissure between internal and external splits Hemon apart, giving him, effectively, double lives.
But both sides of this American fissure create a life lived less than fully.
c.1400, from Old French fissure (13c.) and directly from Latin fissura "a cleft," from root of findere "to split, cleave," from PIE *bhi-n-d-, from root *bheid- "to split" (cf. Sanskrit bhinadmi "I cleave," Old High German bizzan "to bite," Old English bita "a piece bitten off, morsel," Old Norse beita "to hunt with dogs," beita "pasture, food").
fissure fis·sure (fĭsh'ər)
A deep furrow, cleft, or slit.
A developmental break or fault in the enamel of a tooth.