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furcate

[adj. fur-keyt, -kit; v. fur-keyt] /adj. ˈfɜr keɪt, -kɪt; v. ˈfɜr keɪt/
adjective
1.
forked; branching.
verb (used without object), furcated, furcating.
2.
to form a fork; branch.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Medieval Latin furcātus cloven. See fork, -ate1
Related forms
furcation
[fer-key-shuh n] /fərˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
multifurcate, adjective
unfurcate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furcate

furcate

verb (ˈfɜːkeɪt)
1.
to divide into two parts; fork
adjective (ˈfɜːkeɪt; -kɪt)
2.
forked; divided: furcate branches
Derived Forms
furcation, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin furcātus forked, from Latin furca a fork
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Word Origin and History for furcate
adj.

"forked," 1819, from Medieval Latin furcatus, from Latin furca (see fork). As a verb, from 1828 (implied in furcated).

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