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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
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
Origin of pinnate
1695-1705
Pinnate stems from the Latin pinna meaning "feather, wing, fin." It entered English in the late 1600s.