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- adj. Divided, or deeply cleft, into four parts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Divided, or deeply cleft, into four parts
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Four-cleft; deeply cut, but not entirely divided, into four parts: correlated with bifid, trifid, and multifid.
'Flora Lapponica' (pp. 145 and 164) mentions quadrifid petals of
The glands apparently absorb more quickly than do the quadrifid and bifid processes; and on the view above maintained, namely that they absorb matter from putrid water occasionally emitted from the bladders, they ought to act more quickly than the processes; as these latter remain in permanent contact with captured and decaying animals.
This substance was chosen partly because it is absorbed by the quadrifid processes and more especially by the glands of Utricularia -- a plant which, as we shall hereafter see, feeds on decayed animal matter.
They bear internally rather short, thick, quadrifid processes arranged in approximately concentric rows.
The inner surface of the hood is lined with long simple hairs, containing aggregated matter, like that within the quadrifid processes of the previously described species when in contact with decayed animals.
The quadrifid processes have divergent arms of equal length.
The bladders also differ remarkably from those of the previous species, as within there are no quadrifid, only bifid, processes.
The glands were browner and more opaque than those on other leaves which had caught nothing; and the quadrifid processes, from being partly filled with brown granular matter, could be plainly distinguished, which was not the case, as already stated, on the other leaves.
My son examined the quadrifid processes in a bladder containing the remains of two crustaceans, and found some of them full of spherical or irregularly shaped masses of matter, which were observed to move and to coalesce.
Portion of inside of neck leading into the utricle, greatly enlarged, showing the downward pointed bristles, and small quadrifid cells or processes.
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