trichotomous

adjective tri·chot·o·mous \ trī-ˈkä-tə-məs \

Definition of trichotomous

:divided or dividing into three parts or into threes
  • trichotomous branching

trichotomously

adverb

Origin and Etymology of trichotomous

Late Greek trichotomein to trisect, from Greek tricha in three (akin to treis three) + -tomein (akin to temnein to cut) — more at three, tome


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