- consisting of three leaflets, as a compound leaf.
- having leaves arranged in whorls of three, as a plant.
OTHER WORDS FROM ternateter·nate·ly, adverb
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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.