\ˈfȯrkt, ˈfȯr-kəd \

Definition of forked 

1 : resembling a fork especially in having one end divided into two or more branches or points forked lightning

2 : shaped like a fork or having a forked part a forked road

Examples of forked in a Sentence

a bird with a deeply forked tail the forked tongue of a snake

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In 2007, as Atlantic mackerel moved away from European Union waters toward colder shoals near Iceland, the silvery fish with forked tails precipitated a trade war. David Abel,, "Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north," 21 June 2018 Phil Tippett had decided on having the raptors enter the kitchen and wave their forked tongues around like snakes. NBC News, "'Jurassic World': Paleontologist who inspired Alan Grant role talks real-life dino science," 20 June 2018 Rising from the forked meat are fumes of suspiciously toxic purple. Leah Ollman,, "Naked body parts, hair as sculpture: The strange, sinister, seductive art of Julie Curtiss," 5 June 2018 There is a plexus of vessels under the forked tongue where the detomidine is absorbed. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 Zulfiqar is the name of the forked sword of Imam Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, who is revered by Shi’ites. Jon Gambrell,, "Bahrain revokes citizenship of 115 people in mass trial," 16 May 2018 Family Nature Crafts: Snake Finger Puppets Bring construction paper to life with eyes, scales, and a forked snake tongue. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kids listings," 9 Feb. 2018 A weeder with a forked end or a trowel is a good tool to use to help get the roots out. Tim Johnson,, "Has grass invaded your garden beds?," 7 Aug. 2017 The forked lightning that spidered the sky, sending deer and rabbits skittering for cover. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of forked

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to forked

speak/talk with (a) forked tongue

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The first known use of forked was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of forked

: divided into two parts at one end : shaped like the letter Y


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Kids Definition of forked

: having one end divided into two or more branches a forked river

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