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View synonyms for ternate

ternate

1

[ tur-nit, -neyt ]

adjective

  1. consisting of three; arranged in threes.
  2. Botany.
    1. consisting of three leaflets, as a compound leaf.
    2. having leaves arranged in whorls of three, as a plant.


Ternate

2

[ ter-nah-te; English ter-nah-tee ]

noun

  1. an island in E Indonesia, W of Halmahera: important source of spices. 53 sq. mi. (137 sq. km).

ternate

/ ˈtɜːnɪt; -neɪt /

adjective

  1. (esp of a leaf) consisting of three leaflets or other parts
  2. (esp of plants) having groups of three members


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Derived Forms

  • ˈternately, adverb

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Other Words From

  • ternate·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ternate1

From the New Latin word ternātus, dating back to 1745–55. See tern 2, -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ternate1

C18: from New Latin ternātus, from Medieval Latin ternāre to increase threefold

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Example Sentences

Terrified by this tyranny, the inhabitants of Ternate fled to other places, the city becoming entirely deserted.

The other leaves are glaucous and bi-ternate, the leaflets being narrow, fleshy, and tapering towards both ends.

It differs from the last in having ternate radical leaves with pinnatifid lobes, and the upper leaves, bi-pinnatifid.

While the Golden Hind remained off Ternate, a stranger came on board, very well dressed, and of courteous manners.

Having sighted Ternate and Tidore, the Unity anchored, on the evening of the 17th, off the former island.

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