trifurcate

adjective
tri·​fur·​cate | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈfər-kət How to pronounce trifurcate (audio) , -ˌkāt; ˈtrī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkāt \

Definition of trifurcate

: having three branches or forks : trichotomous

Other Words from trifurcate

trifurcate \ ˈtrī-​(ˌ)fər-​ˌkāt How to pronounce trifurcate (audio) , trī-​ˈfər-​ \ intransitive verb
trifurcation \ ˌtrī-​(ˌ)fər-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce trifurcation (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of trifurcate

circa 1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trifurcate

Latin trifurcus, from tri- + furca fork

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about trifurcate

Time Traveler for trifurcate

Time Traveler

The first known use of trifurcate was circa 1831

See more words from the same year

Statistics for trifurcate

Cite this Entry

“Trifurcate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trifurcate. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

Comments on trifurcate

What made you want to look up trifurcate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!