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branch /brɑːntʃ/ n
  1. a secondary woody stem arising from the trunk or bough of a tree or the main stem of a shrub
  2. an offshoot or secondary part: a branch of a deer's antlers
  3. a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complex: branches of learning, branch of the family
  4. (as modifier): a branch office
  5. US any small stream
  1. (intransitive) (of a tree or other plant) to produce or possess branches
  2. (intransitive) usually followed by from: (of stems, roots, etc) to grow and diverge (from another part)
  3. to divide or be divided into subsidiaries or offshoots
  4. (intransitive) often followed by off: to diverge from the main way, road, topic, etc
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, foot

ˈbranchˌlike adj

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