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divaricate

[verb dahy-var-i-keyt, di-; adjective dahy-var-uh-kit, -keyt, di-] /verb daɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪt, dɪ-; adjective daɪˈvær ə kɪt, -ˌkeɪt, dɪ-/
verb (used without object), divaricated, divaricating.
1.
to spread apart; branch; diverge.
2.
Botany, Zoology. to branch at a wide angle.
adjective
3.
spread apart; widely divergent.
4.
Botany, Zoology. branching at a wide angle.
Origin of divaricate
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin dīvāricātus (past participle of dīvāricāre), equivalent to di-2 + vāric- (base of vāricāre to straddle; see prevaricate) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
divaricately, adverb
divaricatingly, adverb
divarication, noun
divaricator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for divaricator

divaricator

/daɪˈværɪˌkeɪtə/
noun
1.
(zoology) a muscle in brachiopods that controls the opening of the shell

divaricate

verb (daɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)
1.
(intransitive) (esp of branches) to diverge at a wide angle
adjective (daɪˈværɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
2.
branching widely; forked
Derived Forms
divaricately, adverb
divaricatingly, adverb
divarication, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dīvāricāre to stretch apart, from di-² + vāricāre to stand astride
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