Meaning of bifacial in English:


Pronunciation /bʌɪˈfeɪʃ(ə)l/


  • 1Having two faces, surfaces, or sides.

    ‘bifacial solar panels’
    • ‘Lest any reader miss the point, a depiction of the bifacial god appears throughout the book.’
    • ‘Over the years, some of the most successful rituals at Rites of Spring have centered around such images: a wicker figure, the Maypole, a bifacial Goddess puppet, a gigantic multi-colored web, an earthen Great Mother protruding from the ground.’
    1. 1.1Botany (of a leaf) having upper and lower surfaces that are structurally different.
      ‘It possessed secondary xylem and secondary phloem, which were produced by a bifacial vascular cambium with ray and fusiform initials.’
      • ‘A bifacial vascular cambium forming manoxylic secondary wood is also present.’
      • ‘The primary vascular system consists of a eustele and a bifacial vascular cambium.’
      • ‘Their internal stem structure is characterized by a eustele with endarch protoxylem, where a small amount of manoxylic wood is produced from a bifacial vascular cambium.’
      • ‘Secondary manoxylic wood is produced by a bifacial vascular cambium and surrounds each vascular strand.’
    2. 1.2Archaeology (of a flint or other artefact) worked on both faces.
      ‘Excluded from the small tool category are hafted bifaces, hoes/adzes, large, ovate disk scrapers, chert hammerstones, larger chisels, wedges, and large bifacial knives/scrapers.’
      • ‘Hence, when Smoky Hill jasper is present in substantial amounts in a collection, the bifacial knives are made primarily from it.’
      • ‘This small-tool tradition excludes the better-known large bifacial tools of this period and all core tools.’
      • ‘Formed artifacts are a broadly defined category including items ranging from tested raw material to formal bifacial implements.’
      • ‘What he did find at the workshops were hammer stones, blocked-out bifaces, thinned bifacial blanks, and bladelet cores and bladelets.’