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ternate

[ tur-nit, -neyt ]
/ ˈtɜr nɪt, -neɪt /
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adjective
consisting of three; arranged in threes.
Botany.
  1. consisting of three leaflets, as a compound leaf.
  2. having leaves arranged in whorls of three, as a plant.
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Origin of ternate

From the New Latin word ternātus, dating back to 1745–55. See tern2, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM ternate

ter·nate·ly, adverb

Other definitions for ternate (2 of 2)

Ternate
[ ter-nah-te; English ter-nah-tee ]
/ tɛrˈnɑ tɛ; English tərˈnɑ ti /

noun
an island in E Indonesia, W of Halmahera: important source of spices. 53 sq. mi. (137 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for ternate

ternate
/ (ˈtɜːnɪt, -neɪt) /

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

Derived forms of ternate

ternately, adverb

Word Origin for ternate

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