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divaricate

[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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adjective
  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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British Dictionary definitions for divaricator

divaricator

noun
  1. zoology a muscle in brachiopods that controls the opening of the shell
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divaricate

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

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