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divaricate Syllabification: di·var·i·cate

Definition of divaricate in English:


Pronunciation: /dīˈveriˌkāt/ /dəˈveriˌkāt/
[no object] technical or literary
Stretch or spread apart; diverge widely.
Example sentences
  • Opportunities and pursuing things that are different from the norm - not divaricating in other directions - are fundamental to Martens's approach.
  • The Jurassic Mytilus furcatus Münster has finely nodose, moderately divaricating costae over the whole shell.
  • The fuzzy outlines of divaricating plants like coprosma virescens and low grasses should always be placed with bolder foliage for an exciting contrast.


Pronunciation: /dīˈvariˌkit/ /dīˈvariˌkāt/
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Early 17th century: from Latin divaricat- 'stretched apart', from the verb divaricare, from di- (expressing intensive force) + varicare 'stretch the legs apart' (from varicus 'straddling').



Pronunciation: /-ˌvariˈkāSHən/
Example sentences
  • There is, however, a larger plot to the poem, wherein all of its disparate elements and wild divarications find their home.
  • Another interesting feature was divarication of midline abdominal musculature, which required correction.
  • It seamed that between extratonal and neo-tonal codes there were nothing but divarications.

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