[muhl-tuh-fair-ee-uh s] /ˌmʌl təˈfɛər i əs/
having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold:
having many parts of great variety
1590s, from Latin multifarius “manifold,” from multifariam (adv.) “on many sides; in many places or parts,” perhaps originally “that which can be expressed in many ways,” from multi- “many” (see multi-) + -fariam, adverbial suffix (cf. bifariam “in two places”), from PIE *dwi-dhe- “making two.” Related: Multifariously; multifariousness. Earlier forms of the word in English were multiphary (adv.); multipharie (adj.), both mid-15c.
[muhl-tuh-fid] /ˈmʌl tə fɪd/ adjective 1. cleft into many parts, divisions, or lobes. /ˈmʌltɪfɪd/ adjective 1. having or divided into many lobes or similar segments: a multifid leaf multifid mul·ti·fid (mŭl’tə-fĭd’) adj. Divided into many clefts or segments.
- Multifidus muscle
multifidus muscle mul·tif·i·dus muscle (mŭl-tĭf’ĭ-dəs) n. A muscle with origin from the sacrum, the sacroiliac ligament, the lumbar vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae, and the last four cervical vertebrae, with insertion into the spinous processes of all the vertebrae up to and including the axis; with nerve supply from the dorsal branches of the spinal nerve; […]
[muhl-tuh-flawr-uh, -flohr-uh] /ˌmʌl təˈflɔr ə, -ˈfloʊr ə/ noun 1. any of several plant varieties or hybrids characterized by many single, relatively small flowers, as certain kinds of petunias or roses. n. 1829, from Latin multiflora (rosa), from fem. of multiflorus, from multi- (see multi-) + flor-, stem of flos (see florid).
[muhl-tuh-flawr-uh s, -flohr-] /ˌmʌl təˈflɔr əs, -ˈfloʊr-/ adjective, Botany. 1. bearing many flowers, as a peduncle.