trifid

adjective
tri·​fid | \ ˈtrī-ˌfid How to pronounce trifid (audio) , -fəd\

Definition of trifid

: being deeply and narrowly cleft into three teeth, processes, or points a spoon with a trifid top

First Known Use of trifid

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trifid

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about trifid

Statistics for trifid

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for trifid

The first known use of trifid was circa 1753

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on trifid

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with trifid

Comments on trifid

What made you want to look up trifid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!