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Meaning of DIMIDIATE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Di*mid"i*ate\, a. [L. dimidiatus, p. p. of dimidiare
    to halve, fr. dimidius half. See {Demi-}.]
    1. Divided into two equal parts; reduced to half in shape or
       form.
    
    2. (Biol.)
       (a) Consisting of only one half of what the normal
           condition requires; having the appearance of lacking
           one half; as, a dimidiate leaf, which has only one
           side developed.
       (b) Having the organs of one side, or half, different in
           function from the corresponding organs on the other
           side; as, dimidiate hermaphroditism.
    
    
  2. \Di*mid"i*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dimidiated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Dimidiating}.]
    1. To divide into two equal parts. [Obs.] --Cockeram.
    
    2. (Her.) To represent the half of; to halve.
    
    
 

 

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