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

  • adj. Shaped like or resembling forceps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a pair of forceps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology, forceps-like; formed like a forceps; forficate; furcate; deeply forked: applied to various parts or organs of animals, as the anal styles of insects, the chelate limbs of crustaceans, the scissor-like tails of birds, etc.
  • In botany, having bowed tips which approach each other like those of a forceps. The tips of branches of the alga Ceramium are forcipate.

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

  • adj. shaped like a forceps; deeply forked


Latin forceps, forcip-, pincers; see gwher- in Indo-European roots + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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