Definition of divaricate in English:


Syllabification: di·var·i·cate


Pronunciation: /dīˈvariˌkāt, di-
[no object] technical or • literary
  • Stretch or spread apart; diverge widely.
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    • 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: /-kit, -ˌkāt
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  • (Of a branch) coming off the stem almost at a right angle.



Pronunciation: /-ˌvariˈkāSHən/
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  • 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.


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').

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