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 (tər-nä′tā, tĕr-nä′tĕ)
An island of eastern Indonesia in the northern Moluccas east of northeast Sulawesi. Settled by the Portuguese (1522-1574), it was subjugated by the Dutch in 1683.


 (tûr′nāt′, -nĭt)
Arranged in or consisting of sets or groups of three, as a compound leaf with three leaflets.

[New Latin ternātus, from Medieval Latin, past participle of ternāre, treble, from Latin ternī, three each; see tern2.]

ter′nate′ly adv.
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(ˈtɜːnɪt; -neɪt)
1. (Botany) (esp of a leaf) consisting of three leaflets or other parts
2. (Botany) (esp of plants) having groups of three members
[C18: from New Latin ternātus, from Medieval Latin ternāre to increase threefold]
ˈternately adv
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(ˈtɜr nɪt, -neɪt)

arranged in or consisting of threes, as a compound leaf.
[1745–55; < New Latin ternātus]
ter′nate•ly, adv.


(tərˈnɑ ti, -teɪ)

an island in E Indonesia, W of Halmahera. 53 sq. mi. (137 sq. km).
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Adj.1.ternate - (of a leaf shape) consisting of three leaflets or sections
compound - composed of more than one part; "compound leaves are composed of several lobes; "compound flower heads"
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Jakarta, 29 Shawwal,1437 AH, 03 August,2016 , SPA -- (dpa) - A volcano erupted on Wednesday on Indonesia's Ternate island, prompting authorities to close the airport there, an official said, according to dpa.
"Citra Mina should compensate all the fishermen for the whole time they were stuck in Ternate Island in Indonesia," said Josua Mata, Sentro secretary general.