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Divided or cleft into three narrow parts or lobes: a trifid tail.

[Latin trifidus : tri-, tri- + findere, fid-, to split.]


(Biology) divided or split into three parts or lobes
[C18: from Latin trifidus from tri- + findere to split]


(ˈtraɪ fɪd)

cleft into three parts or lobes.
[1745–55; < Latin trifidus split in three. See tri-, -fid]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trifid - divided into three lobestrifid - divided into three lobes; "trifid petals"
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
divided - separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided"
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One highlight among auctions of antique silver recently was a rare set of six Charles II silver rat-tail trefid (or trifid) spoons, made by London silversmith Lawrence Cole and assayed (tested for purity) in 1679.
A number of auctioneers outside London received consignments from one vendor who wanted to sell a number of small collectors' items including trefid, caddy and double-ended medicine spoons.
The trefid pattern tea spoons are mostly inverted and we see no indication of any spoon tray, (22) or silver sugar longs, for the page is using his fingers to dispense the lumps of sugar.