trimorphism [trahy-mawr-fiz-uh m] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun Zoology. the occurrence of three forms distinct in structure, coloration, etc., among animals of the same species. Botany. the occurrence of three different forms of flowers, leaves, etc., on the same plant or on distinct plants of the same species. Crystallography. the property of some substances of crystallizing in three structurally distinct forms. the property or condition of occurring in three distinct forms.
Origin of trimorphism 1855–60; Greek trímorph(os) of three forms (see, ) + Related formstri·mor·phic, tri·mor·phous, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for trimorphism Historical Examples of trimorphism
There are, also, cases of dimorphism and trimorphism, both with animals and plants.
British Dictionary definitions for trimorphism trimorphism noun biology the property exhibited by certain species of having or occurring in three different forms the property of certain minerals of existing in three crystalline forms Derived Formstrimorphic or trimorphous, adjectiveWord Origin for trimorphism C19: from Greek trimorphos (from tri- + morphē form) + -ism Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012