ternate

[tur-nit, -neyt]
adjective
1.
consisting of three; arranged in threes.
2.
Botany.
a.
consisting of three leaflets, as a compound leaf.
b.
having leaves arranged in whorls of three, as a plant.

Origin:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin ternātus. See tern2, -ate1

ternately, adverb
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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 (ˈtɜːnɪt, -neɪt)
 
adj
1.  (esp of a leaf) consisting of three leaflets or other parts
2.  (esp of plants) having groups of three members
 
[C18: from New Latin ternātus, from Medieval Latin ternāre to increase threefold]
 
'ternately
 
adv

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Examination of a1 ternate processing steps served two useful purposes.
Leaves simple and toothed, some rarely incised or ternate.
Elections the manner in which delegates and al ternate delegates are to be allocated.
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