Definition of divaricate in English:

divaricate

verb

[NO OBJECT]technical, literary
  • Stretch or spread apart; diverge widely:

    ‘her crow's feet are divaricating like deltas’
    • ‘The Jurassic Mytilus furcatus Münster has finely nodose, moderately divaricating costae over the whole shell.’
    • ‘The fuzzy outlines of divaricating plants like coprosma virescens and low grasses should always be placed with bolder foliage for an exciting contrast.’
    • ‘Opportunities and pursuing things that are different from the norm - not divaricating in other directions - are fundamental to Martens's approach.’
    branch, split, divide, subdivide, separate, part, diverge, go in different directions, go separate ways, bifurcate, split in two
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adjective

Botany
  • (of a branch) coming off the stem almost at a right angle.

    branching, branched, diverging, y-shaped, v-shaped, pronged, divided, split, separated
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin divaricat- stretched apart, from the verb divaricare, from di- (expressing intensive force) + varicare stretch the legs apart (from varicus straddling).

Pronunciation:

divaricate

/dʌɪˈvarɪkeɪt/