[verb dahy-var-i-keyt, di-; adjective dahy-var-uh-kit, -keyt, di-]
- to spread apart; branch; diverge.
- Botany, Zoology. to branch at a wide angle.
- spread apart; widely divergent.
- Botany, Zoology. branching at a wide angle.
Origin of divaricate
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- zoology a muscle in brachiopods that controls the opening of the shell
- (intr) (esp of branches) to diverge at a wide angle
- branching widely; forked
Word Origin for divaricate
C17: from Latin dīvāricāre to stretch apart, from di- ² + vāricāre to stand astride
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