forficate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj forficate resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches "the biramous appendages of an arthropod","long branched hairs on its legson which pollen collects","a forked river","a forked tail","forked lightning","horseradish grown in poor soil may develop prongy roots"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Forficate (Zoöl) Deeply forked, as the tail of certain birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forficate 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. See cut under frigate-bird.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. forfex, forficis, shears

Usage

In literature:

Forficate: = forcipate, q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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