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divaricate

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verb, di·var·i·cate \dī-ˈver-ə-ˌkāt, də, -ˈva-rə-\

Definition of divaricate

divaricateddivaricating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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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