from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Biology United to a part or organ of a different kind, as stamens attached to petals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Linked or fused to something unlike itself.
- adj. Growing with one side adherent to a stem; applied to the lateral zooids of corals and other compound animals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Grown to congenitally.
- adj. Growing together; -- said only of organic cohesion of unlike parts.
- adj. Growing with one side adherent to a stem; -- a term applied to the lateral zooids of corals and other compound animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In physiology and botany, congenitally attached or grown together. See adnation. Also coadnate, coadunate, coadunated, and consolidated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of unlike parts or organs; growing closely attached
The appearance presented by the petaloid filaments and anthers was as if they were adnate to the centre of the petals, but, on closer examination, it appeared that the petaloid expansion to which the dilated filament was apparently attached, was equally a part of the stamens; in other words, that the filament was provided with four petal-like wings, two on each side
In _Brunia microphylla_ the ovary is superior, enclosed within but not adnate to the cup-like calyx, to which latter, however, the petals and stamens are attached.
As the two sterile stamens are anteposed to the two sepals, so are the two fertile stamens to the two petals, and the latter are adnate to the style a little higher than the former.
The latter, however, agrees with the normal sterile stamen in its insertion as well as in shape, being equally adnate to the base of the style.
Professor Morren considers the adventitious petalodes as rudiments of so many supplementary flowers, axillary to the calyx, and adnate to the corolla; each lobe then would, in this view, represent an imperfect flower, and the completed catacorolla would be formed of a series of confluent flowers of this description.
The _pedicelled spikelets_ also have four glumes and the pedicels usually free, but also sometimes adnate.
The _spikelets_ are 1 - to 2-flowered in dissimilar pairs, one globose, sessile and bisexual and the other ovate, pedicelled, neuter; the pedicel is adnate to the joint of the rachis.
The spikelets are usually binate, one-sessile closing or sunk in the cavity of the joint and the other pedicelled, smaller than the sessile or rudimentary with the pedicel usually adnate to the joints and equal to or shorter than it.
Spikelets are in dissimilar pairs, one globose, sessile and bisexual and the other ovate, pedicelled, neuter with the pedicels adnate to, or closely appressed to the joint of the rachis.
+Gills+ adnate, very crowded, linear, somewhat liquid when mature (deliquescent), sulphur yellow, and then becoming green, taste bitter.