Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To diverge at a wide angle; spread apart.
  • adjective Biology Branching or spreading widely from a point or axis, as the branches of a tree or shrub; diverging.
  • adjective Relating to a separation of two bones normally adjacent or attached but not located in a joint; distatic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To spread or move apart; branch off; turn away or aside; diverge: with from: as, to divaricate from the will of God.
  • Specifically
  • In botany and zoology, to branch off at an obtuse angle; diverge widely.
  • To divide into branches; cause to diverge or branch apart.
  • In botany, branching off, as from a stem or axis, at or almost at a right angle; widely divergent.
  • In zoology, divergent at any considerable angle; standing off or apart from one another; spreading away, as two parts of something; forked, or forficate: specifically applied to the wings of insects when they are incumbent on the body in repose, but spreading apart toward their tips.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To divide into two branches; to cause to branch apart.
  • intransitive verb To part into two branches; to become bifid; to fork.
  • intransitive verb To diverge; to be divaricate.
  • adjective Diverging; spreading asunder; widely diverging.
  • adjective (Biol.) Forking and diverging; widely diverging; as the branches of a tree, or as lines of sculpture, or color markings on animals, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to spread apart; to diverge, to branch off

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

  • verb branch off
  • verb spread apart

Etymologies

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

[Latin dīvāricāre, dīvāricāt- : dī, dis-, dis- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vārus, bent).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin divaricat-, past participle stem of divaricare, from di- + varicare ("stretch (the legs) apart"), from varicus ("straddling").

Examples

  • The _inflorescence_ is a diffuse panicle 4 to 14 inches long with filiform, divaricate, scaberulous, angled branches; the main _rachis_ is angular, smooth below and scaberulous above; peduncle is cylindric, striate, 2 to 12 inches long.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • The former is a tall plant with very narrow panicle and spikelets and the latter either tall or short and with a panicle bearing very slender divaricate branches.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • Racemes two, both sessile, or one sessile and the other pedicelled on a peduncle which is more or less sheathed by a proper spathe, divaricate or deflexed.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • To get up again, his most successful way was to make a run from behind and _divaricate_ on to the horse's tail, like a boy playing at leap-frog; but the beast was always frightened, and bolted before he was well on.

    Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman

  • Stems are many, tufted, slender, creeping and rooting, or ascending and suberect, simple or branched, 6 to 20 inches long and leafy and leaves bifarious and divaricate.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • Spikelets less compressed, linear or linear-oblong; lateral nerves less prominent; not fascicled, long pedicellate and divaricate when ripe.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • Divergent: spreading out from a common base; in Coleoptera, tarsal claws are divergent when they spread out only a little; divaricate when they separate widely.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • He conjured up a vision of this strange forgotten kink in the world's littoral, of the long meandering channels that spread and divaricate and spend their burden of mud and silt within the thunderbelt of Atlantic surf, of the dense tangled vegetation that creeps into the shimmering water with root and sucker.

    Tono Bungay

  • By a judicious blow in that spot where the ribs divaricate he could right well tie his adversary into a bow-knot, but this string of white lawn was a most damnable thing.

    The Place of Honeymoons

  • The book fell upon her knees, and dreamily she watched the perspective open and divaricate.

    Parrot & Co.

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