Definitions

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.

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

  • adj. (of a leaf shape) consisting of three leaflets or sections

Etymologies

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)

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