- 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
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.
Origin of ternateNew Latin ternatus, from Medieval Latin, past participle of ternare, treble, from Latin tern&imacron;, three each; see tern2.
- (botany) Having three divisions (leaflets)