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di·var·i·cate  audio  (d-vr-kt, d-) KEY 

intr.v.
di·var·i·cat·ed, di·var·i·cat·ing, di·var·i·cates
To diverge at a wide angle; spread apart.
ADJECTIVE:
(d-vr-kt, -kt, d-)
  1. Biology Branching or spreading widely from a point or axis, as branches or on an insect's wings; diverging.
  2. Relating to a separation of two bones normally adjacent or attached but not located in a joint; distatic.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin dvricre, dvrict- : d, dis-, dis- + vricre, to straddle (from vrus, bent)

OTHER FORMS:
di·vari·cately(Adverb)


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