divaricate[dī var′i kāt′, di-]
transitive verbdivaricated, divaricating
Origin of divaricate; from 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”).