divaricate

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

Definition of divaricate

divaricated; divaricating
transitive verb
: to spread apart : branch off : diverge

Origin and Etymology of divaricate

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


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