tri·​fid ˈtrī-ˌfid How to pronounce trifid (audio)
: being deeply and narrowly cleft into three teeth, processes, or points
a spoon with a trifid top

Word History


Latin trifidus split into three, from tri- + findere to split — more at bite

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trifid was circa 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Trifid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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