[ suhb-awl-ter-nit, -al- ]
/ sʌbˈɔl tər nɪt, -ˈæl- /
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Botany. placed singly along an axis, but tending to become grouped oppositely.
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Origin of subalternate
OTHER WORDS FROM subalternatesub·al·ter·na·tion [suhb-awl-ter-ney-shuhn, -al-], /sʌbˌɔl tərˈneɪ ʃən, -ˌæl-/, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for subalternate
Shrubs or trees with opposite, rarely subalternate, simple, deciduous leaves.Trees of the Northern United States|Austin C. Apgar
One of the hens was his favourite, the others filled subalternate parts.A Literary History of the English People|Jean Jules Jusserand
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.|John MacGillivray
British Dictionary definitions for subalternate
/ (sʌbˈɔːltənɪt) /
(of leaves) having an arrangement intermediate between alternate and opposite
following in turn
of lesser quality or status
Derived forms of subalternatesubalternation (sʌbˌɔːltəˈneɪʃən), noun
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