One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Divide into two or more branches; fork.‘lines of descent furcating from a common source’
branch, split, divide, subdivide, separate, part, diverge, go in different directions, go separate ways, bifurcate, split in twoView synonyms
- ‘Palmae and plantae were deeply furcated.’
- ‘All the rays are trifurcated at their tips and repeatedly furcated into three branches, but some of the last branches are the result of bifurcation.’
- ‘Processes generally hollow, tubiform to tapering, sometimes with striae and annular thickenings along their length; they are distally open or closed and furcated.’
- ‘Shampoo containing allantoin can prevent hair from furcating, and make hair softer, smoother, more flexible, blacker and shinier.’
- ‘The ends of each clip are furcated so that a space is provided between the forks at each end for receipt of the flanges therein to secure the clip to the ring portion.’
Divided into two or more branches; forked.
- ‘The furcated branches are commonly bifurcated or, less commonly, trifurcated one or two times, but this character may differ from ray to ray.’
- ‘The furcated second end includes at least two branches that extend from an intersection of the furcated second end.’
- ‘A motif of furcated leaf belongs to the most ancient.’
Early 19th century: from late Latin furcatus ‘cloven’, from Latin furca ‘fork’.
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