[verb dahy-var-i-keyt, di-; adjective dahy-var-uh-kit, -keyt, di-]

verb (used without object), di·var·i·cat·ed, di·var·i·cat·ing.

to spread apart; branch; diverge.
Botany, Zoology. to branch at a wide angle.


spread apart; widely divergent.
Botany, Zoology. branching at a wide angle.

Nearby words

  1. divagation,
  2. divalent,
  3. divali,
  4. divalproex sodium,
  5. divan,
  6. divarication,
  7. divaricator,
  8. dive,
  9. dive bomber,
  10. dive brake

Origin of divaricate

1615–25; < Latin dīvāricātus (past participle of dīvāricāre), equivalent to di-2 + vāric- (base of vāricāre to straddle; see prevaricate) + -ātus -ate1

Related formsdi·var·i·cate·ly, adverbdi·var·i·cat·ing·ly, adverbdi·var·i·ca·tion, noundi·var·i·ca·tor, noun

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verb (daɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)

(intr) (esp of branches) to diverge at a wide angle

adjective (daɪˈværɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)

branching widely; forked
Derived Formsdivaricately, adverbdivaricatingly, adverbdivarication, noun

Word Origin for divaricate

C17: from Latin dīvāricāre to stretch apart, from di- ² + vāricāre to stand astride

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