divaricate


di·var·i·cate

verb \dī-ˈver-ə-ˌkāt, də, -ˈva-rə-\
di·var·i·cat·eddi·var·i·cat·ing

Definition of DIVARICATE

transitive verb
:  to spread apart :  branch off :  diverge

Origin of DIVARICATE

Latin divaricatus, past participle of divaricare, from dis- + varicare to straddle — more at prevaricate
First Known Use: 1673

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