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[verb dahy-var-i-keyt, di-; adjective dahy-var-uh-kit, -keyt, di-]
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verb (used without object), di·var·i·cat·ed, di·var·i·cat·ing.
  1. to spread apart; branch; diverge.
  2. Botany, Zoology. to branch at a wide angle.
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  1. spread apart; widely divergent.
  2. Botany, Zoology. branching at a wide angle.
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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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Related Words for divarication

fork, diversity, divergence, dissimilitude, disagreement, discrepancy, divergency, disparity, separation, distinction, dissimilarity, contrast, discrepance, incomparability

British Dictionary definitions for divarication


verb (daɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)
  1. (intr) (esp of branches) to diverge at a wide angle
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adjective (daɪˈværɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
  1. branching widely; forked
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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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divarication in Medicine


(dī-văr′ĭ-kāshən, dĭ-)
  1. diastasis
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