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Often pen·nat·ed.

Origin of pennate

From the Latin word pennātus, dating back to 1695–1705. See penna, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pennate



adjective biology
  1. having feathers, wings, or winglike structures
  2. another word for pinnate

Word Origin for pennate

C19: from Latin pennātus, from penna wing
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pennate in Medicine


  1. Having feathers or wings.
  2. Resembling a feather.
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