trifurcate

adjective

tri·​fur·​cate (ˌ)trī-ˈfər-kət How to pronounce trifurcate (audio)
-ˌkāt;
ˈtrī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkāt
: having three branches or forks : trichotomous
trifurcate intransitive verb
trifurcation noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That is the tragedy of the three cities: the artificial walls that trifurcate us. WIRED, 30 Aug. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Latin trifurcus, from tri- + furca fork

First Known Use

circa 1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trifurcate was circa 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Trifurcate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trifurcate. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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