Definition of ternate in English:

ternate

adjective

Botany
  • Arranged in threes, especially (of a compound leaf) having three leaflets.

    • ‘Mexican mock orange (Choisya ternata) is a good example of a plant with ternate leaves.’
    • ‘Based on leaf architecture, there are three main compound leaf types: pinnate, palmate, and ternate.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from modern Latin ternatus, from medieval Latin ternare ‘make threefold’, from terni ‘three at once’.

Pronunciation

ternate

/ˈtəːneɪt/