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Pronunciation:  [adj]dI'varukit, [v]dI'varu`keyt, dI'varee`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  spread apart; "divaricate one's fingers"
  2. [v]  branch off; "The road divaricates here"

DIVARICATE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: diverge, open, spread, spread out, unfold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Di*var"i*cate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Divaricated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Divaricating}.] [L. divaricatus, p. p. of
    divaricare to stretch apart; di- = dis- + varicare to
    straddle, fr. varicus straddling, fr. varus stretched
    1. To part into two branches; to become bifid; to fork.
    2. To diverge; to be divaricate. --Woodward.
  2. \Di*var"i*cate\, v. t.
    To divide into two branches; to cause to branch apart.
  3. \Di*var"i*cate\, a. [L. divaricatus, p. p.]
    1. Diverging; spreading asunder; widely diverging.
    2. (Biol.) Forking and diverging; widely diverging; as the
       branches of a tree, or as lines of sculpture, or color
       markings on animals, etc.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Widely spreading.
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