bifurcated

adjective bi·fur·cat·ed \ ˈbī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkā-təd , bī-ˈfər- \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of bifurcated

: divided into two branches or parts
  • This near-earth asteroid appears as a bifurcated structure, consisting of two distinct lobes that seem to be in contact.
  • —Richard P. Binzel et al.
  • The town is a bifurcated community—two distinct communities in one, really.
  • —Dennis Farney
  • … the strange bifurcated world of whiteness and blackness in which I was born and reared.
  • —William Styron

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1853

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