bifurcate (BY-fur-kayt), transitive verb: To divide into two branches or parts. intransitive verb: 1. To branch or separate into two parts. adjective: 1. Divided into two branches or parts; forked.The recent election has served to bifurcate the government.
Bifurcate comes from the past participle of Medieval Latin bifurcare, "to divide," from Latin bifurcus, "two-pronged," from bi- + furca, "fork."