Definitions

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

  • adj. Deeply forked or notched, as the tails of certain birds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Deeply forked, like the tails of certain birds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deeply forked, as the tail of certain birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deeply forked; very furcate or much furcated: said of the tail of a bird, for instance, when the depth of the fork equals or exceeds the length of the shortest feather.

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

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

Etymologies

Latin forfex, forfic-, scissors + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin forfex, forficis, shears. (Wiktionary)

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