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verb[no object]technical, literary
Stretch or spread apart; diverge widely.
branch, split, divide, subdivide, separate, part, diverge, go in different directions, go separate ways, bifurcate, split in twoView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Jurassic Mytilus furcatus Münster has finely nodose, moderately divaricating costae over the whole shell.’
(of a branch) coming off the stem almost at a right angle.branching, branched, diverging, y-shaped, v-shaped, pronged, divided, split, separatedView synonyms
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’).
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