American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Arranged in or consisting of sets or groups of three, as a compound leaf with three leaflets.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Arranged in threes; characterized by an arrangement of parts by threes; in botany, used especially of a compound leaf with three leaflets, or of leaves whorled in threes. If the three divisions of a ternate leaf are subdivided into three leaflets each, the leaf is biternate, and a still further subdivision produces a triternate leaf. See also cut of Thalictrum, under leaf.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the parts arranged by threes.
- adj. (of a leaf shape) consisting of three leaflets or sections
- New Latin ternātus, from Medieval Latin, past participle of ternāre, treble, from Latin ternī, three each; see tern2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(Moreton Bay chesnut), a fine species of SARCOCEPHALUS, and a large spreading tree belonging to the natural order RUTACEAE, with ternate leaves, axillary panicles of white flowers, about the size of those of BORONIA PINNATA.”
“This was the al - ternate season when the western clans came to the caves.”
“Democritus (fifth century B.C.), from their approach, made Non-Being into an appellation for space, to al - ternate with, or be a replacement for kenon.”
“Sterile segment sessile above the middle of the plant, broadly triangular, thin, membranaceous, ternate.”
“Fronds broadly triangular, ternate, one to three feet high or more, the widely spreading branches twice pinnate, the lower pinnules more or less pinnátifid.”
“Fronds glabrous, broadly triangular, ternate, four to seven inches broad, the divisions widely spreading, each division pinnate at the base.”
“Its ternate character is shown even in the uncoiling of the fronds, the three round balls suggesting the sign of the pawnbroker.”
“Leafy or sterile segment triangular, ternate, long-petioled, springing from near the base of the plant, and spreading horizontally.”
“Rootstock slender and creeping from which fronds are produced all summer, in appearance like the small, ternate divisions of the bracken.”
“Steinheil has also recorded a _Cerastium_ in which one of the leaves was provided with two midribs; above this leaf was a group of ternate leaves.”
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