Forked Forked, a. 1. Formed into a forklike shape; having a fork; dividing into two or more prongs or branches; furcated; bifurcated; zigzag; as, the forked lighting. [1913 Webster]

A serpent seen, with forked tongue. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Having a double meaning; ambiguous; equivocal. [1913 Webster]

{Cross forked} (Her.), a cross, the ends of whose arms are divided into two sharp points; -- called also {cross double fitch['e]}. A {cross forked of three points} is a cross, each of whose arms terminates in three sharp points.

{Forked counsel}, advice pointing more than one way; ambiguous advice. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. -- {Fork"ed*ly}, adv. -- {Fork"ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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