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quaternate

[ kwot-er-neyt, kwuh-tur-nit ]
/ ˈkwɒt ərˌneɪt, kwəˈtɜr nɪt /
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adjective

arranged in or consisting of four parts, as the leaves of certain plants.

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Origin of quaternate

1745–55; <Latin quatern(ī) four at a time + -ate1
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Example sentences from the Web for quaternate

  • The basidia, spicules, and quaternate spores agree with those of Agaricini.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses|Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  • It is not intended that the spores are always quaternate in Agaricini, though that number is constant in the more typical species.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses|Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
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