Meaning of divaricate in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪˈvarɪkeɪt/ /dɪˈvarɪkeɪt/

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[no object]technical, literary
  • Stretch or spread apart; diverge widely.

    ‘her crow's feet are divaricating like deltas’
    • ‘Opportunities and pursuing things that are different from the norm - not divaricating in other directions - are fundamental to Martens's approach.’
    • ‘The Jurassic Mytilus furcatus Münster has finely nodose, moderately divaricating costae over the whole shell.’
    • ‘The fuzzy outlines of divaricating plants like coprosma virescens and low grasses should always be placed with bolder foliage for an exciting contrast.’
    branch, split, divide, subdivide, separate, part, diverge, go in different directions, go separate ways, bifurcate, split in two


  • (of a branch) coming off the stem almost at a right angle.

    branching, branched, diverging, Y-shaped, V-shaped, pronged, divided, split, separated


Early 17th century from Latin divaricat- ‘stretched apart’, from the verb divaricare, from di- (expressing intensive force) + varicare ‘stretch the legs apart’ (from varicus ‘straddling’).