Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Stretch or spread apart.
Examples of Divaricate in a sentence
"You'll want to divaricate the plants as you're starting your garden to allow the roots to grow."
"We divaricated on our political views, but we agreed to put them aside for family dinner."
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This verb for stretching or spreading apart traces back to Latin. "Varicare" means to stretch the legs apart and the prefix "di-" means expressing intensve force. So divaricate means to stretch with some amount of force. It's not just a slight difference.
Did you Know?
As a verb, divaricate means to separate or diverge. It's also used in botany as a noun for a branching pattern of leaves. In that sense, it can also be an adjective. Shrubs often have divaricating leaves.