American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Forked; branching like the prongs of a fork.
- To branch; fork; divide into branches.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Forked; branching like a fork.
- v. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
- From Medieval Latin furcātus ("forked, branched"), from Latin furca ("fork"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin furcātus, forked, from Latin furca, fork. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We have at different times heard complaints of these fronds being simply furcate, when the same plant, after being subjected to a greater amount of heat and moisture, produced fronds very heavily tasseled, and partaking of an elegant vase-shaped appearance.”
“The abdomen of the young Cirripede is produced beneath the anus into a long tail-like appendage which is furcate at the extremity, and over the anus there is a second long, spine-like process; the abdomen in the Rhizocephala terminates in two short points, -- in a”
“The tail soon acquires the furcate form with which we made acquaintance in the last Prawn-Zoea described.”
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