transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
Origin of divaricatefrom Classical Latin divaricatus, past participle of divaricare, to spread apart from dis-, apart + varicare, to straddle: see prevaricate
intransitive verbdi·var·i·cat·ed, di·var·i·cat·ing, di·var·i·cates
- Biology Branching or spreading widely from a point or axis, as the branches of a tree or shrub; diverging.
- Relating to a separation of two bones normally adjacent or attached but not located in a joint; distatic.
Origin of divaricateLatin dīvāricāre, dīvāricāt- dī, dis- dis- vāricāre to straddle ( from vārus bent )
(third-person singular simple present divaricates, present participle divaricating, simple past and past participle divaricated)
- to spread apart; to diverge, to branch off
(comparative more divaricate, superlative most divaricate)
- With wide angles between branches.
Latin divaricat-, past participle stem of divaricare, from di- + varicare (“stretch (the legs) apart”), from varicus (“straddling”).