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Origin of branch

1250–1300; Middle English bra(u)nche<Anglo-French; Old French branche<Late Latin branca paw, of uncertain origin

synonym study for branch

1. Branch, bough, limb refer to divisions of a tree. Branch is general, meaning either a large or a small division. Bough refers only to the larger branches: a bough loaded with apples. A limb is a large primary division of a tree trunk or of a bough: to climb out on a limb.

OTHER WORDS FROM branch

Other definitions for branch (2 of 2)

-branch

a combining form for forming nouns and adjectives that denote gill formations or animals having gill formations.

Origin of -branch

<French -branche, New Latin -branchia, from Latin branchiae “gills” (see branchia)
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How to use branch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for branch (1 of 2)

branch
/ (brɑːntʃ) /

noun
verb
See also branch out

Derived forms of branch

branchless, adjectivebranchlike, adjectivebranchy, adjective

Word Origin for branch

C13: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, foot

British Dictionary definitions for branch (2 of 2)

branch-

adj combining form, n combining form
(in zoology) indicating gillslamellibranch

Word Origin for branch-

from Latin: branchia
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Medical definitions for branch

branch
[ brănch ]

n.
An offshoot or a division of the main portion of a structure, especially that of a nerve, blood vessel, or lymphatic vessel; a ramus.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with branch

branch

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