Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divide into two parts or branches.
  • intransitive v. To separate into two parts or branches; fork.
  • adj. Forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Divided or forked into two; bifurcated.
  • adj. Having bifurcations.
  • v. To divide or fork into two channels or branches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Two-pronged; forked.
  • adj. divided into or made up of two parts.
  • intransitive v. To divide into two branches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To divide into two forks or branches.
  • Two-forked; divided into two branches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. divide into two branches
  • adj. resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches
  • v. split or divide into two

Etymologies

Medieval Latin bifurcāre, bifurcāt-, to divide, from Latin bifurcus, two-pronged : bi-, two; see bi-1 + furca, fork.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bifurcātus. (Wiktionary)

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