di·​var·​i·​cate dī-ˈver-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce divaricate (audio)
divaricated; divaricating

transitive verb

: to spread apart : branch off : diverge

Word History


Latin divaricatus, past participle of divaricare, from dis- + varicare to straddle — more at prevaricate

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of divaricate was in 1673

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Cite this Entry

“Divaricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divaricate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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