ternate

adjective
ter·​nate | \ ˈtər-ˌnāt How to pronounce ternate (audio) , -nət \

Definition of ternate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged in threes or in subdivisions so arranged a ternate leaf

Ternate

geographical name
Ter·​na·​te | \ ter-ˈnä-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce Ternate (audio) \

Definition of Ternate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 island of Indonesia in the northern Moluccas off western Halmahera population 33,964
2 city, port, and chief city on Ternate Island population 24,287

Other Words from ternate

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ternately adverb

First Known Use of ternate

Adjective

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ternate

Adjective

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

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“Ternate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ternate. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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