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v. bi·fur·cat·ed, bi·fur·cat·ing, bi·fur·cates
To divide into two parts or branches.
To separate into two parts or branches; fork.
adj. (-kāt′, -kĭt)
Forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers.
[Medieval Latin bifurcāre, bifurcāt-, to divide, from Latin bifurcus, two-pronged : bi-, two; see bi-1 + furca, fork.]
to fork or divide into two parts or branches
forked or divided into two sections or branches
[C17: from Medieval Latin bifurcātus, from Latin bifurcus, from bi-1 + furca fork]
bi•fur•cate(v., adj. ˈbaɪ fərˌkeɪt, baɪˈfɜr keɪt; adj. also -kɪt)
v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
adj. v.t., v.i.
1. to divide or fork into two branches.adj.
2. divided into two branches.
Past participle: bifurcated
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|Verb||1.||bifurcate - split or divide into two |
diverge - extend in a different direction; "The lines start to diverge here"; "Their interests diverged"
|2.||bifurcate - divide into two branches; "The road bifurcated"|
|Adj.||1.||bifurcate - resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches; "the biramous appendages of an arthropod"; "long branched hairs on its legson which pollen collects"; "a forked river"; "a forked tail"; "forked lightning"; "horseradish grown in poor soil may develop prongy roots"|
divided - separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided"