from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Arranged in or consisting of sets or groups of three, as a compound leaf with three leaflets.
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- adj. Having three divisions (or leaflets)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the parts arranged by threes.
from The 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.
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- 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)