divarication

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n divarication branching at a wide angle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Divarication (Biol) A divergence of lines of color sculpture, or of fibers at different angles.
    • Divarication A separation into two parts or branches; a forking; a divergence.
    • Divarication An ambiguity of meaning; a disagreement of difference in opinion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n divarication The act of branching off or diverging; separation into branches; a parting, as from a main stem or stock.
    • n divarication Specifically, in botany and zoology, a crossing or intersection of fibers at different angles: in entomology, applied to the parting of the veins or nervures of the wings.
    • n divarication A divergence or division in opinion; ambiguity.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. divarication,

Usage

In literature:

Branches irregular, divaricate nearly at rightangles, subalternate.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
The book fell upon her knees, and dreamily she watched the perspective open and divaricate.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Divaricable: able to spread apart or divaricate.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Z, Extremity of intestine, c, Divaricators.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Awn 3-fid, the branches divaricate.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Tail divaricated and black; some of the lateral feathers faintly margined with orange.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume I" by William Swainson
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