Definitions

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

Etymologies

Latin adnātus, variant of agnātus, past participle of agnāscī, to grow upon; see agnate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adnatus, past participle of variant form of agnascor ("born or growing at or upon") (Wiktionary)

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  • "Scatter patterns in sand, adnates, cancellates, gaping
    whelk husks, a toy tractor-trailer, cracked
    and dinged, beside the spine of a plastic tree,

    the helmet-shaped shelter of a shadow cast
    by a not-quite-buried wedge of pottery . . ."
    "Hermit Crab" by Stephen Burt, p 28 of the August 5, 2013 issue of the New Yorker

    August 13, 2013