Definition of bifurcate in English:


Syllabification: bi·fur·cate


Pronunciation: /ˈbīfərˌkāt
Divide into two branches or forks: [no object]: just below Cairo the river bifurcates [with object]: the trail was bifurcated by a mountain stream
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  • The present study is concerned mainly with the delta region, where the river bifurcates into a west and an east channel at the city.
  • The eastern fault strand can be traced northward at the surface along the eastern margin of the Ghab basin before bifurcating to the NNE.
  • The cars heading down curve slowly, as one watches the flower beds on both sides, not to speak of the stately mansions, condominiums and townhouses that the street bifurcates.


Pronunciation: /bīˈfərkāt, ˈbīfərkit
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Forked; branched: a bifurcate tree
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  • The stigmatic branches are less bifurcate.
  • Processes may be unbranched and taper to slender points, or may be bifurcate, and may additionally have occasional small or incipient branches (often as spinules) along main stem.
  • Mycelia shown by confocal microscopy are bifurcate, and do not appear to be epiphytic nor epixylic since they were not found on plant remains.


early 17th century: from medieval Latin bifurcat- 'divided into two forks', from the verb bifurcare, from Latin bifurcus 'two-forked', from bi- 'having two' + furca 'a fork'.

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