Definition of pinnate in English:

pinnate

adjective

Botany
  • 1(of a compound leaf) having leaflets arranged on either side of the stem, typically in pairs opposite each other.

    • ‘In 1794, Moench named A. tuberosa and described it as having tuberous roots, unevenly pinnate leaflets, and purple flowers in lateral racemes.’
    • ‘All of these foliage forms are planate pinnate fronds, frequently with open venation.’
    • ‘Immatures have a weakly developed taproot, and have pinnate compound leaves with two or three leaflets.’
    • ‘It has pinnate leaves and racemes of lilac pink flowers, which are slightly fragrant.’
    • ‘Green stems are interconnected by sensitive petioles and bear pinnate leaves.’
    1. 1.1Zoology (especially of an invertebrate animal) having branches, tentacles, etc., on each side of an axis, like the vanes of a feather.
      • ‘Arrangement of septa in earliest stages pinnate in all quadrants.’
      • ‘The colonies are erect, typically delicate; reticulate (net-like) or pinnate (fern-like).’
      • ‘The microsporophyll of Lepidopteris has been reconstructed as a pinnate axis with short branches bearing clusters of small elongate pollen sacs fused at the base.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin pinnatus ‘feathered’, from pinna, penna (see pinna).

Pronunciation

pinnate

/ˈpɪneɪt/