verb 'trʌɪfəkeɪt divide into three branches or forks.
adjective -'fə:kət divided in this way.
trifurcation noun
C19: from L. trifurcus 'three-forked' (from tri- 'three' + furca 'fork') + -ate2.

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  • Trifurcate — Tri*fur cate, Trifurcated Tri*fur ca*ted, a. [L. trifurcus; tri (see {Tri }) + furca fork.] Having three branches or forks; trichotomous. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trifurcate — [trī′fər kāt΄, trī′fərkit; trī fʉr′kāt΄, trī fʉr′kit] adj. [< L trifurcus < tri ,TRI + furca, a fork + ATE1] having three forks or branches: also trifurcated trifurcation n …   English World dictionary

  • trifurcate — adjective Etymology: Latin trifurcus, from tri + furca fork Date: circa 1831 having three branches or forks ; trichotomous • trifurcate intransitive verb • trifurcation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trifurcate — dividing into three …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • trifurcate — adj. [L. tres, three; furca, fork] Having three branches or forks; trichotomous …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • trifurcate — trifurcation, n. /truy ferr kayt, truy feuhr kayt /; adj. also /truy ferr kit, truy feuhr /, v., trifurcated, trifurcating, adj. v.i. 1. to divide into three forks or branches. adj. 2. Also, trifurcated. divided into three forks or branches.… …   Universalium

  • trifurcate — 1. adjective Forked, with three tines or points. 2. verb To divide or fork into three channels or branches. See Also: bifurcate …   Wiktionary

  • trifurcate — Synonyms and related words: V shaped, Y shaped, arboreal, arborescent, arboriform, biforked, bifurcate, bifurcated, branched, branching, branchlike, crotched, deltoid, dendriform, dendritic, forked, forking, forklike, furcate, pronged, ramous,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • trifurcate — adj. divided into three branches or forks v. divide into three branches …   English contemporary dictionary

  • trifurcate — a.; (also trifurcated) Three pronged …   New dictionary of synonyms

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