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The gills are close, decurrent, whitish, some of them forked at the base.

The gills are decurrent, distant, rather thick, often forked.

A crack like a flash of forked lightning had shot across the face of the stone.

For there was a forked road for Trudy as well as for Mary Faithful.

It was good to think that women had forked roads these days.

This is the story of how the swallow's tail came to be forked.

Generally she chose the forked way, because it was the emptiest.

Their tongues are forked, and the poison of adders lies beneath their lips.

Why, I thought you'd a sharp tongue, but it's not forked yet, I see.

During tea-time the saloon was usually illuminated by forked lightning.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English forca "forked instrument used by torturers," a Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Norse forkr) from Latin furca "pitchfork; fork used in cooking," of uncertain origin.

Table forks were not generally used in England until 15c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in a will of 1463, probably from Old North French forque (Old French furche, Modern French fourche), from the Latin word. Of rivers, from 1753; of roads, from 1839.

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