subalternate

[suhb-awl-ter-nit, -al-]

adjective

Botany. placed singly along an axis, but tending to become grouped oppositely.

Origin of subalternate

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin subalternātus (past participle of subalternāre to subordinate), equivalent to subaltern(us) subaltern + -ātus -ate1
Related formssub·al·ter·na·tion [suhb-awl-ter-ney-shuh n, -al-] /sʌbˌɔl tərˈneɪ ʃən, -ˌæl-/, noun
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subalternate

adjective

(of leaves) having an arrangement intermediate between alternate and opposite
following in turn
of lesser quality or status
Derived Formssubalternation (sʌbˌɔːltəˈneɪʃən), noun
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