) KEY NOUN: pl. di·chot·o·mies
- Division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions: "the dichotomy of the one and the many" (Louis Auchincloss).
- Astronomy The phase of the moon, Mercury, or Venus when half of the disk is illuminated.
- Botany Branching characterized by successive forking into two approximately equal divisions.
, from dikhotomos
, divided in two
, to cut
; see tem-
in Indo-European roots