Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

Latin quadrifidus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'Flora Lapponica' (pp. 145 and 164) mentions quadrifid petals of

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • 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.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • 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.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • They bear internally rather short, thick, quadrifid processes arranged in approximately concentric rows.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • 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.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • The quadrifid processes have divergent arms of equal length.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • The bladders also differ remarkably from those of the previous species, as within there are no quadrifid, only bifid, processes.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • 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.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • 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.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • Portion of inside of neck leading into the utricle, greatly enlarged, showing the downward pointed bristles, and small quadrifid cells or processes.

    Insectivorous Plants

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.