[trahy-fur-keyt, trahy-fer-keyt; adjective trahy-fur-kit, trahy-fer-]

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

to divide into three forks or branches.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trifurcate

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




having three branches or forks
Derived Formstrifurcation, noun

Word Origin for trifurcate

from Latin trifurcus, from tri- + furca a fork
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