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subalternate

[suhb-awl-ter-nit, -al-] /sʌbˈɔl tər nɪt, -ˈæl-/
adjective
2.
Botany. placed singly along an axis, but tending to become grouped oppositely.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin subalternātus (past participle of subalternāre to subordinate), equivalent to subaltern(us) subaltern + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
subalternation
[suhb-awl-ter-ney-shuh n, -al-] /sʌbˌɔl tərˈneɪ ʃən, -ˌæl-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subalternate

subalternate

/sʌbˈɔːltənɪt/
adjective
1.
(of leaves) having an arrangement intermediate between alternate and opposite
2.
following in turn
3.
of lesser quality or status
Derived Forms
subalternation (sʌbˌɔːltəˈneɪʃən) noun
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