trifurcate

[trahy-fur-keyt, trahy-fer-keyt; adjective trahy-fur-kit, trahy-fer-]
adjective
  1. Also tri·fur·cat·ed. divided into three forks or branches.

Origin of trifurcate

First recorded in 1650–60; see origin at tri-, furcate
Related formstri·fur·ca·tion, noun
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Historical Examples of trifurcate

  • There are two dorsal fins, slightly connected; the caudal fin is double concave or trifurcate.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall


British Dictionary definitions for trifurcate

trifurcate

trifurcated

adjective
  1. having three branches or forks
Derived Formstrifurcation, noun

Word Origin for trifurcate

from Latin trifurcus, from tri- + furca a fork
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