{{11}}bifurcate (adj.) 1835, from M.L. bifurcatus, from L. bi- (see BI- (Cf. bi-)) + furca, the root of FORK (Cf. fork).
{{12}}bifurcate (v.) 1610s, from M.L. bifurcatus, from L. bi- (see BI- (Cf. bi-)) + furca, the root of FORK (Cf. fork). Related: Bifurcated; bifurcating.

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