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trifurcate

[trahy-fur-keyt, trahy-fer-keyt; adjective trahy-fur-kit, trahy-fer-] /traɪˈfɜr keɪt, ˈtraɪ fərˌkeɪt; adjective traɪˈfɜr kɪt, ˈtraɪ fər-/
verb (used without object), trifurcated, trifurcating.
1.
to divide into three forks or branches.
adjective
2.
Also, trifurcated. divided into three forks or branches.
Origin of trifurcate
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; See origin at tri-, furcate
Related forms
trifurcation, noun
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  • There are two dorsal fins, slightly connected; the caudal fin is double concave or trifurcate.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
British Dictionary definitions for trifurcate

trifurcate

/ˈtraɪfɜːkɪt; -ˌkeɪt/
adjective
1.
having three branches or forks
Derived Forms
trifurcation, noun
Word Origin
from Latin trifurcus, from tri- + furca a fork
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