v.i. bifurcate; a. wide-spreading.
   ♦ divarication, n. bifurcation; straddling; disagreement; ambiguity.

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  • Divaricate — Di*var i*cate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Divaricated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Divaricating}.] [L. divaricatus, p. p. of divaricare to stretch apart; di = dis + varicare to straddle, fr. varicus straddling, fr. varus stretched outwards.] 1. To part into two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Divaricate — is a term used in identifying plants describing the pattern of branching. Divaricate branching is roughly horizontal, usually only diverging about 15 degrees upward or downward.[1] References ^ Vascular Plant Systematics, Albert E. Radford,… …   Wikipedia

  • Divaricate — Di*var i*cate, v. t. To divide into two branches; to cause to branch apart. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Divaricate — Di*var i*cate, a. [L. divaricatus, p. p.] 1. Diverging; spreading asunder; widely diverging. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Forking and diverging; widely diverging; as the branches of a tree, or as lines of sculpture, or color markings on animals, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • divaricate — index bifurcate, bipartite, break (separate), conflict, deviate, dichotomize, digress, disaccord …   Law dictionary

  • divaricate — [dī var′i kāt΄, divar′i kāt΄] vi., vt. divaricated, divaricating [< L divaricatus, pp. of divaricare, to spread apart < dis , apart + varicare, to straddle: see PREVARICATE] to spread widely apart; separate into diverging parts or branches; …   English World dictionary

  • divaricate — Synonyms and related words: aberrate, be distinct, be distinguished, bear off, bend, bifurcate, branch, branch off, branch out, break up, broach, capricious, centrifugal, change the bearing, changeable, changing, chink, choppy, clash with, cleave …   Moby Thesaurus

  • divaricate — v.intr. diverge, branch; separate widely. Derivatives: divaricate adj. divarication n. Etymology: L divaricare (as DI (2), varicus straddling) …   Useful english dictionary

  • divaricate from — index differ (vary) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • divaricate — transitive verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Latin divaricatus, past participle of divaricare, from dis + varicare to straddle more at prevaricate Date: 1673 to spread apart ; branch off ; diverge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • divaricate — adj. [L. divaricatus, spread apart] 1. Forked or divided into branches; diverging. 2. (MOLLUSCA: Bivalvia) Pertains to ornamentation consisting of widely divergent costulae or other shell ornamentation …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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