forficate

[ fawr-fi-kit, -keyt ]
/ ˈfɔr fɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt /

adjective

deeply forked, as the tail of a bird.

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Origin of forficate

1810–20; < Latin forfic- (stem of forfex) pair of shears (cf. forceps) + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for forficate

forficate
/ (ˈfɔːfɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt) /

adjective

(esp of the tails of certain birds) deeply forked

Word Origin for forficate

C19: from Latin forfex scissors
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