[ verb dahy-var-i-keyt, di-; adjective dahy-var-uh-kit, -keyt, di- ]
/ verb daɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪt, dɪ-; adjective daɪˈvær ə kɪt, -ˌkeɪt, dɪ- /

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.

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 forms

di·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 (1 of 2)


/ (daɪˈværɪˌkeɪtə) /


zoology a muscle in brachiopods that controls the opening of the shell

British Dictionary definitions for divaricator (2 of 2)


verb (daɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)

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

adjective (daɪˈværɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)

branching widely; forked

Derived Forms

divaricately, 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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