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forficate

[fawr-fi-kit, -keyt] /ˈfɔr fɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/
adjective
1.
deeply forked, as the tail of a bird.
Origin of forficate
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin forfic- (stem of forfex) pair of shears (cf. forceps) + -ate1
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forficate

/ˈfɔːfɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt/
adjective
1.
(esp of the tails of certain birds) deeply forked
Word Origin
C19: from Latin forfex scissors
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