Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Joined or united with a part or organ of a different kind, as stamens attached to petals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In physiology and botany, congenitally attached or grown together. See adnation. Also coadnate, coadunate, coadunated, and consolidated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Physiol.) Grown to congenitally.
  • adjective (Bot.) Growing together; -- said only of organic cohesion of unlike parts.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Growing with one side adherent to a stem; -- a term applied to the lateral zooids of corals and other compound animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective botany, mycology Linked or fused to something unlike itself.
  • adjective zoology Growing with one side adherent to a stem; applied to the lateral zooids of corals and other compound animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of unlike parts or organs; growing closely attached

Etymologies

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

Latin adnātus, variant of agnātus, past participle of agnāscī, to grow upon; see agnate.

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From Latin adnatus, past participle of variant form of agnascor ("born or growing at or upon")

Examples

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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