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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Definitions for pinnate

  1. resembling a feather, as in construction or arrangement; having parts arranged on each side of a common axis: a pinnate branch; pinnate trees.
  2. Botany. (of a leaf) having leaflets or primary divisions arranged on each side of a common stalk.

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Citations for pinnate
It is a woody shrub, with pretty pinnate, or feather-shaped leaves, and it bears flowers in broad flat clusters called cymes. , "Qualities of the Elder," New York Times, August 5, 1894
Dr Darby drew his pinnate eyebrows together, looked down at his desk, then back up at her. Joan Brady, Death Comes for Peter Pan, 1996
Origin of pinnate
Pinnate stems from the Latin pinna meaning "feather, wing, fin." It entered English in the late 1600s.