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bifurcate

Line breaks: bi|fur¦cate

Definition of bifurcate in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪfəkeɪt
 
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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.

adjective

Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈfəːkət
 
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Divided into two branches or forks: 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.

Origin

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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