[ adjective fur-keyt, -kit; verb fur-keyt ]
/ adjective ˈfɜr keɪt, -kɪt; verb ˈfɜr keɪt /


forked; branching.

verb (used without object), fur·cat·ed, fur·cat·ing.

to form a fork; branch.

Origin of furcate

First recorded in 1810–20, furcate is from the Medieval Latin word furcātus cloven. See fork, -ate1

Related forms

fur·ca·tion [fer-key-shuh n] /fərˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounmul·ti·fur·cate, adjectiveun·fur·cate, adjective
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verb (ˈfɜːkeɪt)

to divide into two parts; fork

adjective (ˈfɜːkeɪt, -kɪt) furcated

forked; dividedfurcate branches

Derived Forms

furcation, noun

Word Origin for furcate

C19: from Late Latin furcātus forked, from Latin furca a fork
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