divaricate[dī var′i kāt′, di-]
Origin: < L divaricatus, pp. of divaricare, to spread apart < dis-, apart + varicare, to straddle: see prevaricate
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intransitive verb di·var·i·cat·ed, di·var·i·cat·ing, di·var·i·cates
- Biology Branching or spreading widely from a point or axis, as branches or on an insect's wings; diverging.
- Relating to a separation of two bones normally adjacent or attached but not located in a joint; distatic.
Origin: Latin dīvāricāre, dīvāricāt- : dī, dis-, dis- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vārus, bent).
- di·varˈi·cateˌly adverb