[verb, adjective bahy-fer-keyt, bahy-fur-keyt; adjective bahy-fer-kit, bahy-fur-]
verb (used with or without object), bi·fur·cat·ed, bi·fur·cat·ing.
to divide or fork into two branches.
divided into two branches.
Origin of bifurcate
1605–15;Related formsbi·fur·cate·ly [bahy-fer-keyt-lee; bahy-fur-keyt-lee, -kit-] /ˌbaɪ fərˈkeɪt li; baɪˈfɜr keɪt li, -kɪt-/, adverbbi·fur·ca·tion, noun
< Medieval Latin bifurcātus,
past participle of bifurcāre
+ -ātus -ate1
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Does not the sex that is bifurcated by day keep by night to its manly bifurcation?
She preserves the different tendencies that have bifurcated with their growth.
They soon looked like a bifurcated dishrag, and taking them off, he threw them away.
The ribs are short structures with bifurcated proximal ends.
All he had done was to risk a harmless jest: So then, my friends, you are to be bifurcated!
British Dictionary definitions for bifurcated
to fork or divide into two parts or branches
adjective (ɪbaɪˈfəˌkeɪt, -kɪt)
Derived Formsbifurcation, noun
forked or divided into two sections or branches
Word Origin for bifurcate
C17: from Medieval Latin bifurcātus, from Latin bifurcus, from bi- 1 + furca fork
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Word Origin and History for bifurcated
1610s, from Medieval Latin bifurcatus, from Latin bi- (see bi-) + furca, the root of fork. Related: Bifurcated; bifurcating.
1835, from Medieval Latin bifurcatus, from Latin bi- (see bi-) + furca, the root of fork (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
To divide into two parts or branches.
Forked or divided into two parts or branches.
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Forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers or the tongues of snakes.
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