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forficate

[fawr-fi-kit, -keyt]
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adjective
  1. 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

adjective
  1. (esp of the tails of certain birds) deeply forked
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin forfex scissors
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