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ternate

[tur-nit, -neyt] /ˈtɜr nɪt, -neɪt/
adjective
1.
consisting of three; arranged in threes.
2.
Botany.
  1. consisting of three leaflets, as a compound leaf.
  2. having leaves arranged in whorls of three, as a plant.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Neo-Latin ternātus. See tern2, -ate1
Related forms
ternately, adverb

Ternate

[ter-nah-te; English ter-nah-tee] /tɛrˈnɑ tɛ; English tərˈnɑ ti/
noun
1.
an island in E Indonesia, W of Halmahera: important source of spices. 53 sq. mi. (137 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for ternate

ternate

/ˈtɜːnɪt; -neɪt/
adjective
1.
(esp of a leaf) consisting of three leaflets or other parts
2.
(esp of plants) having groups of three members
Derived Forms
ternately, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin ternātus, from Medieval Latin ternāre to increase threefold
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