subalternate

subalternate

[suhb-awl-ter-nit, -al-]
adjective
2.
Botany. placed singly along an axis, but tending to become grouped oppositely.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin subalternātus (past participle of subalternāre to subordinate), equivalent to subaltern(us) subaltern + -ātus -ate1

subalternation [suhb-awl-ter-ney-shuhn, -al-] , noun
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subalternate (sʌbˈɔːltənɪt)
 
adj
1.  (of leaves) having an arrangement intermediate between alternate and opposite
2.  following in turn
3.  of lesser quality or status
 
subalternation
 
n

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