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adjective Biology.
  1. grown fast to something; congenitally attached.
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Origin of adnate

1655–65; < Latin adnātus, i.e., ad(g)nātus, replacing agnātus agnate
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Examples from the Web for adnate

Historical Examples

  • When they are attached squarely and firmly to the stem they are said to be adnate.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • The gills are broad, close, adnate, whitish or pale cinereous.

  • The gills are adnate or decurrent, thick, soft, margin obtuse.

  • The gills are subdistant, adnate, or decurrent, white or creamy-white.

  • The tubes are adnate, their mouths large, unequal; lemon-yellow.

British Dictionary definitions for adnate


  1. botany growing closely attached to an adjacent part or organ
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin adnātus, a variant form of agnātus agnate
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adnate in Science


  1. Botany Joined to a part or organ of a different kind, as stamens that are joined to petals. Compare connate.
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