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[pin-eyt, -it] /ˈpɪn eɪt, -ɪt/
resembling a feather, as in construction or arrangement; having parts arranged on each side of a common axis:
a pinnate branch; pinnate trees.
Botany. (of a leaf) having leaflets or primary divisions arranged on each side of a common stalk.
Origin of pinnate
1695-1705; < Latin pinnātus feathered, winged. See pinna, -ate1
Related forms
pinnately, pinnatedly, adverb
multipinnate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pinnate
  • Leaves are alternate, about six inches long, pinnate lobed or coarsely toothed.
  • Subsequent rosette leaves oblanceolate, entire to pinnate-lobed.
  • The leaves are alternate, odd-pinnate, and the five-nine leaflets are glandular-dotted.
  • They alternate and have an average of five leaflets per pinnate compound.
  • It bears handsome, darkish pinnate leaves and rosy trumpet flowers in profusion at many times of the year.
British Dictionary definitions for pinnate


/ˈpɪneɪt; ˈpɪnɪt/
like a feather in appearance
(of compound leaves) having the leaflets growing opposite each other in pairs on either side of the stem
Derived Forms
pinnately, adverb
pinnation, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pinnātus, from pinna feather
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Word Origin and History for pinnate

1727, from Latin pinnatus "feathered, winged," from pinna "feather, wing" (see pin (n.)).

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pinnate in Science

Having parts or divisions arranged on each side of a common axis in the manner of a feather. Ash, hickory, and walnut trees have pinnate leaves.
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