ternate

[tur-nit, -neyt]

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.

Origin of ternate

From the New Latin word ternātus, dating back to 1745–55. See tern2, -ate1
Related formster·nate·ly, adverb

Ternate

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

noun

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

adjective

(esp of a leaf) consisting of three leaflets or other parts
(esp of plants) having groups of three members
Derived Formsternately, adverb

Word Origin for ternate

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