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furca

/ˈfɜːkə/
noun (pl) -cae (-kiː)
1.
(zoology) any forklike structure, esp in insects
Derived Forms
furcal, adjective
Word Origin
Latin: fork
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  • The shadows of distant peaks were lengthening over the furca Pass.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • By virtue of my office, I bid you take off that furca, and spare the life of your prisoner.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • "The spell of her beauty and grace, rather," answered furca, with a grin.

    Valeria William Henry Withrow
  • Yet, as will be seen in the text, the gallows or furca itself is no longer used.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • We resolved to pursue a route through the furca pass, one of the most romantic and interesting of all the passes in Switzerland.

    Letters from Switzerland Samuel Irenus Prime
  • Seize that hooded kite, knaves, or I will hang every one o' ye on the furca ere the sun be two hours older!

  • And they did this most effectually by using the form of the letter T, that of the furca or Gibbet,—not the sign of peace.

    Mornings in Florence John Ruskin
  • Variations of this form of punishment are seen in the furca and in the "making a quadruped out of a man."

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • One of the latter stopped, and politely inquired if the passage of the furca was obstructed by snow.

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
  • They hastily unbound the tired arms of Onesimus, and took the furca off his neck.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar

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