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subalternate

[ suhb-awl-ter-nit, -al- ]
/ sʌbˈɔl tər nɪt, -ˈæl- /
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adjective

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

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Origin of subalternate

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

subalternate
/ (sʌbˈɔːltənɪt) /

adjective

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