bi·fur·cate (bīfər-kāt′, bī-fûr-)
v. bi·fur·cat·ed, bi·fur·cat·ing, bi·fur·cates
To divide into two parts or branches.
To separate into two parts or branches; fork.
adj. (-kāt′, -kĭt)
Forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers.
[Medieval Latin bifurcāre, bifurcāt-, to divide, from Latin bifurcus, two-pronged : bi-, two; see BI-1 + furca, fork.]
(click for a larger image)bifurcate
aerial photograph of
the delta of the
Paraná River, Argentina
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