ter·​nate ˈtər-ˌnāt How to pronounce ternate (audio)
: arranged in threes or in subdivisions so arranged
a ternate leaf
ternately adverb

Word History


New Latin ternatus, from Medieval Latin, past participle of ternare to treble, from Latin terni

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ternate was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Ternate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ternate. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ter·​na·​te ter-ˈnä-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce Ternate (audio)
island of Indonesia in the northern Moluccas off western Halmahera population 33,964
city, port, and chief city on Ternate Island population 24,287
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