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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.
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.]
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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]
ter•nate(ˈtɜr nɪt, -neɪt)
arranged in or consisting of threes, as a compound leaf.
[1745–55; < New Latin ternātus]
Ter•na•te(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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