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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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