dimidiate

transitive verb
di·​mid·​i·​ate | \də̇ˈmidēˌāt\
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of dimidiate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : to halve or reduce to the half

2 heraldry : to represent the half of : cut in two : halve

dimidiate

adjective
di·​mid·​i·​ate | \-ēə̇t\

Definition of dimidiate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : divided into two equal parts : halved

2 biology : consisting of only one half of the normal : seeming to lack one half or to have one part smaller than the other dimidiate elytra that cover only half the abdomen are common among certain families of beetles

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History and Etymology for dimidiate

Transitive verb

Latin dimidiatus, past participle of dimidiare, from di- (from dis- apart) + -midiare (from medius mid)

Adjective

Latin dimidiatus, past participle of dimidiare

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