noun plural -cae (-kiː)

zoology any forklike structure, esp in insects

Derived Formsfurcal, adjective

Word Origin for furca

Latin: fork
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Examples from the Web for furca

Historical Examples of furca

  • The shadows of distant peaks were lengthening over the Furca Pass.

    Some Reminiscences

    Joseph Conrad

  • By virtue of my office, I bid you take off that furca, and spare the life of your prisoner.

    Darkness and Dawn

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • "The spell of her beauty and grace, rather," answered Furca, with a grin.


    William Henry Withrow

  • Yet, as will be seen in the text, the gallows or furca itself is no longer used.

    The Bible in Spain

    George Borrow

  • We resolved to pursue a route through the Furca pass, one of the most romantic and interesting of all the passes in Switzerland.

    Letters from Switzerland

    Samuel Irenus Prime