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intr.v. di·var·i·cat·ed, di·var·i·cat·ing, di·var·i·cates
To diverge at a wide angle; spread apart.
adj. (dī-văr′ə-kĭt, -kāt′, dĭ-)
1. Biology Branching or spreading widely from a point or axis, as the branches of a tree or shrub; diverging.
2. Relating to a separation of two bones normally adjacent or attached but not located in a joint; distatic.
[Latin dīvāricāre, dīvāricāt- : dī, dis-, dis- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vārus, bent).]
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(Botany) (intr) (esp of branches) to diverge at a wide angle
branching widely; forked
[C17: from Latin dīvāricāre to stretch apart, from di-2 + vāricāre to stand astride]
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di•var•i•cate(v. daɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪt, dɪ-; adj. -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
1. to spread apart; branch; diverge.adj.
2. spread apart; widely divergent.
[1615–25; < Latin dīvāricātus, past participle of dīvāricāre to cause to straddle =dī- di-2 + vāricāre to straddle; see prevaricate]
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Past participle: divaricated
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|Verb||1.||divaricate - branch off; "The road divaricates here"|
diverge - extend in a different direction; "The lines start to diverge here"; "Their interests diverged"
|2.||divaricate - spread apart; "divaricate one's fingers"|
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