Definition of binate in US English:

binate

adjective

Botany
  • 1Growing in pairs.

    • ‘When the solitary female spikelets of teosinte became binate in maize, simultaneously the paired spikes of teosinte became solitary in maize.’
    • ‘The leaves are in pairs, binate, placed base to base, oval, broader than long, ending in an obtuse point, smooth, glaucous beneath, and borne on petioles as long as the scape, which arise from the rhizome.’
    • ‘Though the Kawau plants all showed solitary terminal female flowers, binate flowers are sometimes met with.’
    • ‘The hairs may be simple, binate (forked) or branched in a more complex manner, sometimes with glandular tips.’
    • ‘The ternate or occasionally binate leaves are from three to four inches long, rigid and sharp.’
    1. 1.1 Composed of two equal parts.
      • ‘The binate leaves have a flat or slightly concave under-surface.’
      • ‘The spikelets are binate.’
      • ‘It has the trivial name from its long binate leaflets, resembling ass's ears.’
      • ‘Though the Kawau plants all showed solitary terminal female flowers, binate flowers are sometimes met with.’
      • ‘Its short binate leaves, the persistent long prickles of its cone, and its tough branches, combine to distinguish this Tine from its associates.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin binatus, from Latin bini ‘two together’ + -ate.

Pronunciation

binate

/ˈbīnāt//ˈbaɪneɪt/