[ kwot-er-neyt, kwuh-tur-nit ]
/ ˈkwɒt ərˌneɪt, kwəˈtɜr nɪt /
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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.
It is not intended that the spores are always quaternate in Agaricini, though that number is constant in the more typical species.