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

  • adj. Having feathers or wings.
  • adj. Botany Pinnate.
  • adj. Of or relating to diatoms of the class Pennales, distinguished by bilaterally symmetrical form.

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  • adj. Having a feather-like shape

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Winged; plume-shaped.
  • adj. Same as Pinnate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, winged; feathered: usually in composition, as longipennate, brevipennate, etc. Also rarely penned.
  • In botany, same as pinnate.

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  • adj. having feathered wings


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

Latin pennātus, from penna, feather; see pet- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin pennatus


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  • This is seen specially in the hamstrings, which from the great distance of their origin, and the purely longitudinal direction of their fibres, retract to a very great extent, much more than the anterior muscles can do from the pennate direction of their fibres, and the manner in which they are mutually bound down to each other and to the bone.

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  • Last year, Siver discovered a new genus of diatom (he has discovered 60 new species over the past 20 years) that sheds light on the origin of the "raphe" -- a slit that appears along the long axis of pennate diatoms.


  • The pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum also responds rapidly to specific environmental stimuli such as mechanical stress and osmotic shock with increases in cytoplasmic Ca.

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  • Dr. Mantell concludes that the islands of New Zealand were densely peopled at a period geologically recent, though historically remote, by tribes of gigantic brevi-pennate birds allied to the ostrich tribe, all, or almost all, of species and genera now extinct; and that, subsequently to the formation of the most ancient ornithic deposit, the sea-coast has been elevated from fifty to one hundred feet above its original level; hence the terraces of shingle and loam which now skirt the maritime districts.

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  • "… We show that a change in timing of spring plankton events in warm years led to the paradox of lower mean water temperatures during the growth period, favouring cold-adapted diatoms over cyanobacteria, and within the diatoms, some cold-adapted centric forms over pennate forms.



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