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Definition of "pennate" []

  • Having feathers or wings. (adjective)
  • Botany Pinnate. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to diatoms of the class Pennales, distinguished by bilaterally symmetrical form. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pennate" in a sentence
  • "Hi Jeff i'm sure you are right, in fact Munier talks of 4 "pennate" (1 pennata is a full downstroke and upstroke) for a quarter note"
  • "This is seen specially in the hamstrings, which from the great distance of their origin, and the purely longitudinal direction of their fibres, retract to a very great extent, much more than the anterior muscles can do from the pennate direction of their fibres, and the manner in which they are mutually bound down to each other and to the bone."
  • "Last year, Siver discovered a new genus of diatom (he has discovered 60 new species over the past 20 years) that sheds light on the origin of the "raphe" -- a slit that appears along the long axis of pennate diatoms."
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