[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. furbelow,
  2. furbish,
  3. furbish lousewort,
  4. furca,
  5. furcal,
  6. furcation,
  7. furcula,
  8. furculum,
  9. furfur,
  10. furfuraceous

Origin of furcate

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

Related formsfur·ca·tion [fer-key-shuh n] /fərˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounmul·ti·fur·cate, adjectiveun·fur·cate, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for furcate


verb (ˈfɜːkeɪt)

to divide into two parts; fork

adjective (ˈfɜːkeɪt, -kɪt) furcated

forked; dividedfurcate branches
Derived Formsfurcation, noun

Word Origin for furcate

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

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Word Origin and History for furcate



"forked," 1819, from Medieval Latin furcatus, from Latin furca (see fork). As a verb, from 1828 (implied in furcated).

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