- Botany. placed singly along an axis, but tending to become grouped oppositely.
Origin of subalternate
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Branches irregular, divaricate nearly at rightangles, subalternate.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
- (of leaves) having an arrangement intermediate between alternate and opposite
- following in turn
- of lesser quality or status