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 (trī-fûr′kĭt, -kāt′, trī′fər-kāt′) also tri·fur·cat·ed (trī′fər-kā′tĭd)
Having three forks or branches: trifurcate antennae.

tri′fur·ca′tion n.
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(ˈtraɪfɜːkɪt; -ˌkeɪt) or


having three branches or forks
[from Latin trifurcus, from tri- + furca a fork]
ˌtrifurˈcation n
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(traɪˈfɜr keɪt, ˈtraɪ fərˌkeɪt; adj. also -kɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
adj. v.i.
1. to divide into three forks or branches.
2. Also, tri•fur′cat•ed. divided into three forks or branches.
tri`fur•ca′tion, n.
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Verb1.trifurcate - divide into threetrifurcate - divide into three; "The road trifurcates at the bridge"
furcate, branch, fork, ramify, separate - divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"
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Raising concern over Articles 370 and 35A, the party said, "Any such attempt to mess with the constitutional status of J and K or to trifurcate the state would be thoroughly unconstitutional and illegal."
'The day this state will trifurcate, it will be a disaster.
Instead, Basit disclosed that a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) controlled New Delhi was working on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) agenda to trifurcate Kashmir.
India is in no hurry and mood to resolve the Kashmir issue and is working on the RSS agenda to trifurcate the Kashmir state.
In the dorsal aspect of the hand, the digital branches of the extensor digitorum (ED) tendon trifurcate distal to the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint.
The artisans of the Qing Dynasty and the Republic mainly used trifurcate handles as the asymmetrical shape design, they broke the symmetric handle shape requirements and changed some simple visual experiences of conventional handle feet.
Whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius); aphids, Aphis gossypii (Glover); leafhopper, Amrasca biguttula biguttula (Ishida); leaf beetle, Cerotoma trifurcate (Forster); red cotton bug, Dyesdercus koenigii (Fabricius) are the major sucking insect pests recorded on cotton (Ashfaq et al., 2011).
Post-knee region of telopodite coiled or spiralled proximally, becoming lamellate before narrowing distally into a long thin extension with a trifurcate ending.
While federal minister Ajay Maken recently blamed the Dikshit government's decision to trifurcate the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi into three corporations for the party's route in the recent municipal elections in the metropolis, the state unit president Jai Prakash Agarwal blamed non-cooperation from the Dikshit government for its failure as the rival Bharatiya Janata Party managed to come to power in all three municipal corporations.
Only concerted action by a trifurcate alliance between the innovator, educators and investors would tap into the innovative pool of talent and energise it to rise to the new level.
4D, E); right paramere enlarged, sickles-haped, apophysis with triangular medial process and trifurcate apex (Fig.