- consisting of three
- arranged in threes
- having three leaflets
- growing in groups or whorls of three, as some leaves
Origin of ternateModern Latin ternatus from Classical Latin terni (see ternary) + -atus, -ate
Arranged in or consisting of sets or groups of three, as a compound leaf with three leaflets.
Origin of ternateNew Latin ternātus from Medieval Latin past participle of ternāre treble from Latin ternī three each ; see tern 2.
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.
- (botany) Having three divisions (leaflets)