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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arranged in groups of five: quinate leaflets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Featuring five leaflets growing from a single point; quinquefoliolate.
  • n. An ester or a salt of quinic acid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing in sets of five; -- said especially of leaves composed of five leaflets set at the end of a common petiole.
  • n. A salt of quinic acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, having an arrangement of five similar parts together, as five leaflets on a petiole.
  • n. In chem., a salt of quinic acid.

Etymologies

Latin quīnī, five each; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1760; from the post-Classical Latin quīnātus, from the distributive numeral quīnī ("five each”, “five at a time"); compare binate, ternate, and quaternate, as well as the French quiné. (Wiktionary)
First attested in 1810; either quin(a) +‎ -ate or quin(ic) +‎ -ate, in either case perhaps after the French quinquinate; compare the French kinate, quinate. (Wiktionary)

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