[adjective fur-keyt, -kit; verb fur-keyt]
- forked; branching.
- to form a fork; branch.
Origin of furcate
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The furcation is repeated a variable number of times in the different species.
- to divide into two parts; fork
- forked; dividedfurcate branches
Word Origin for furcate
C19: from Late Latin furcātus forked, from Latin furca a fork
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Word Origin and History for furcation
"forked," 1819, from Medieval Latin furcatus, from Latin furca (see fork). As a verb, from 1828 (implied in furcated).
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- A forking, or a forklike part or branch.
- The region of a multirooted tooth at which the root divides.
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