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a combining form meaning “ribbon,” used in biology to form compound nouns that refer to the shape or number of chromosomes involved in meiosis:
leptotene; pachytene; diplotene.
Origin of -tene
< French -tène (in scientific compounds) < Latin taenia taenia

La Tène

[French la ten] /French la ˈtɛn/
Archaeology. designating the period or culture of the late Iron Age typified by the structural remains, swords, tools, utensils, etc., found at La Tène.
Compare Hallstattan.
a shallow area at the E end of the Lake of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where these remains were found.
1885-90 Unabridged
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La Tène

/læ ˈtɛn/
of or relating to a Celtic culture in Europe from about the 5th to the 1st centuries bc, characterized by a distinctive type of curvilinear decoration See also Hallstatt
Word Origin
C20: from La Tène, a part of Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where remains of this culture were first discovered
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