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Language: Old English
Origin: forca, from Latin furca

fork

1 noun
     
fork
fork1 [countable]
1DFU a tool you use for picking up and eating food, with a handle and three or four points:
Put the knives and forks on the table.
2DLG a garden tool used for digging, with a handle and three or four points
3TT a place where a road, river, or tree divides into two parts, or one of the parts it divides into:
the north fork of the Sacramento river
Take the left fork then go straight on.
4

fork of lightning

a sudden flash of lightning with two or more lines of light
5TTB one of the two metal bars between which the front wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle is fixed

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