furcat-, furca-

(Latin: fork, diverge, angle, split into two parts or branches)

bifurcate (BIGH fuhr kayt") (verb), bifurcates; bifurcated; bifurcating
1. To divide or to branch into two directions: Blood vessels and nerves are two examples of body parts that bifurcate.
2. To split or to separate into two parts or directions: As Jane was driving through the forest, the road she was driving on suddenly bifurcated and she noticed that if she were to go to the right, it would take her up the hill; however, if she were to turn to the left, she would be going down the hill
An example of a symbol that illustrates bifurcate.

This particular illustration from Google images provides an example of bifurcating a symbol on a sign so it shows drivers on a highway that the road will be splitting into two directions.

bifurcated (BIGH fuhr kayt'd") (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Related to items that are divided into, or made up of, two sections: The people in the community were socially bifurcated populations.
2. A reference to something that is going into two branches or directions: Jan has some biforcated or Y-shaped styled flowers in her garden.
bifurcation (s) (bigh" fuhr KAY shuhn) (noun), bifurcations (pl)
1. In biometric finger scanning, a point in a finger image at which two ridges meet: Bifurcations have the appearance of branch points between curved lines.

The number and locations of the bifurcations and ridge endings, known as minutiae, vary from finger to finger in any particular person, and from person to person for any particular finger; for example, the ring finger on the right hand.

When a set of finger images is obtained from someone, the number of minutiae is recorded for each finger. The precise locations of the minutiae are also recorded, in the form of numerical coordinates, for each finger.

The result is a function that can be entered and stored in a computer database which can rapidly compare this result with that of anyone else in the world whose finger image has been scanned.

2. An anatomical area of the body that has two branches or divisions that are forked: One example of such a bifurcation is when roots divide in a multi-rooted tooth.

Other body parts that are bifurcations include the trachea, or the windpipe, which divides into the two bronchi or branches of the trachea that go into each of the two lungs.

—The information contained in this entry
was compiled from several sources; including the following:
SearchSecurity where the information about "Biometric Finger Scanning" came from.
bifurcation theory (s) (noun), bifurcation theories (pl)
A division of reality into two parts: The bifurcation theory consists of the world as it exists in the mind and the external world as it really exists.
furca (FUHR kuh) (s) (noun), furcas (pl)
1. Any structure of the body that has a divergence of fibers, nerves, or other physical structures: Mike's dentist determined that the furca, or wisdom teeth, in his lower jaw needed to be drilled and repaired because some parts were cracked.
2. Etymology: from Latin furca, "fork".
furcate (FUHR kayt") (verb), furcates; furcated; furcating
To split or to divide into sections: Because of the construction being done on the road, the contractor decided to furcate two temporary ways to go around on both sides of the old roadway that was being renovated in the same directions as they did previously.
furcation (fuhr KAY" shuhn) (s) (noun), furcations (pl)
1. A region of a multi-rooted tooth where the individual parts leave the main root: A furcation is the place where the roots of teeth separate by going in different directions from each other.

It is very difficult to clean where there is furcation because it is not easy to get into those areas.

It is a "bifurcation" when there are two lower parts of a tooth, or it is a "trifurcation" if there are three basic attachments as shown in the following image.

2. Etymology: from medical Latin furcatio, "a branching, a forking:; from Latin furcatus which came fromfucare, "to branch"; from Latin ferre "to bear".
An example of furcation.
furcula (FUHR kuh lah) (s) (noun), furculas (pl)
The fused clavicles which form the V-shaped bone, or "wishbone", of a bird's skeleton: The furcula is the doubly curved long bones that form part of the shoulder girdle of fowl.
quadrifurcate (kwad" dri FUHR kayt) (verb), quadrifurcates; quadrifurcated; quadrifurcating
To separate into four directions, areas, or zones: It is possible that some very large rivers quadrifurcate when they separate and flow into four different channels.
quadrifurcated (kwad" dri FUHR kay tid) (adjective) (not comparable)
Characteristic of being divided into four forks or branches: The surgeon found quadrifurcated veins in Patricia's leg which needed special medical attention so she could walk and run comfortably again.

The cartographers, or map makers, noticed that the large quadrifurcated river was flowing through the marshes on the edge of the lake.

quadrifurcation (kwad" dri fuhr KAY shun") (s) (noun), quadrifurcations (pl)
A system that has four details, compartments, or pieces: The professors and deans at the local university were intrigued by the quadrifurcation of the student government which emerged after the students met with the visiting politician, because they wanted a carefully balanced form of government with each of the four branches providing oversight of each other.
trifurcate (TRIGH fuhr kayt") (verb), trifurcates; trifurcated, trifurcating
To divide into three parts or sections: Branching off or parting into three directions: While following the map, Bernice could see that the freeway trifurcated in about three miles, but she knew she needed to stay in the middle lane because she did not want to travel in the right or the left lanes.
trifurcated (TRIGH fuhr kay" tid) (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to something that has three attachments or segments: The key ring which Sammy made in his metal shop was a trifurcated design, with three separated parts, one for keys, one for an emergency whistle, and one for a small flashlight.
A device that is trifurcated.

This trifurcated example came from Google images.

unbifurcate (uhn BIGH fuhr kayt") (verb), unbifurcates; unbifurcated; unbifurcating
To change from wearing pants, trousers, or slacks to wearing outfits or apparel consisting of robes, gowns, skirts, or even dresses: After he moved to a hot country, Jamie decided to unbifurcate his wardrobe to more comfortable Scottish kilts which were cooler to wear in the extreme heat.

If anyone wants to unbifurcate his or her garments, there are many styles from around the world as indicated in the following:

  • Kilts, skirt-like garments, usually worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Cassocks, long, robe-like clothing worn by members of the Catholic clergy.
  • Fustanellas, short pleated skirts of white cloth worn by men in Greece and Albania.
  • Hakamas, Japanese outer attire, worn by men and women, both of which have pleated, skirt-like appearances.
  • Kimonos, loose, wide-sleeved robes, fastened at the waist with a wide sash, worn by men and women in Japan.
  • Thobes, loose, long-sleeved, ankle-length wearing apparel for men, worn in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other countries in that geographical area.

—These examples and many more are identified in: M.U.Gs Around the World,
"Examples of the many unbifurcated garments worn by men around the world."
unbifurcated (uhn BIGH fuhr kay" tid) (adjective), more unbifurcated, most unbifurcated
A reference to that which is not separated into two parts or branches: Down through history, there have been many examples of unbifurcated garments for men including kilts, sarongs, caftans, etc.

"Bifurcation" in the context of clothing refers to pants which separately covers each leg and so are referred to as "bifurcated clothing"; while clothing that covers both legs as an unseparated garment; such as, a skirt, is called unbifurcated clothing.

A movement known as MUG, or "Male Unbifurcated Garments" claims that unbifurcated clothing is more comfortable and more compatible with the male anatomy than pants are; and so, there should also be unbifurcated garments that are designed and intended specifically for men.

As some MUG believers say, "The unbifurcated clothing means that one's whole lower body goes into one big, breezy, comfortable space instead of the confinement that exists with the lack of breathing space reserved for legs in traditional men's lower-body garments; also known as, trousers or pants."

Those influenced by the MUG movement also believe that just as the highlanders of Scotland, the citizens of Ancient Rome and the city-states of old Greece, as well as the men of Indonesia, Polynesia, parts of Africa, and in other places; show that men have always worn and continue to wear more unbifurcated garments than "bifurcated" styles.

Several examples of unbifurcated clothing include, kilts, sarongs (a large sheet of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn as a skirt by men and women throughout much of south Asia and southeast Asia, parts of Africa, and on many Pacific islands), lavalavas (short for Samoan ʻie lavalava or "cloth that wraps around"), tunics, lungis (Bengali for a garment worn around the waist in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar), kangas (Swahili for a colorful garment similar to kitenge or a sarong), togas, etc.

The links below will present significant amounts of information and many examples of unbifurcated clothing for your knowledge and pleasure!

—This information was compiled from the following sources:
1. M.U.Gs, Men's Unbifurcated Garments, "Unbifurcated Rebellion!"
2. M.U.Gs, Men's Unbifurcated Garments,
"Unbifurcated garments worn by men."

Image of an unbifurcated outfit.

This is just one example of a man wearing unbifurcated clothing as seen in Google images.