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Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in 1760; from the post-Classical Latin quīnātus, from the distributive numeral quīnī (five each”, “five at a time); compare binate, ternate, and quaternate, as well as the French quiné.



quinate (not comparable)

  1. (botany, of a compound leaf) Featuring five leaflets growing from a single point; quinquefoliolate.
    • 1760, James Lee, An Introduction to Botany, Containing an Explanation of the Theory of That Science, and an Interpretation of Its Technical Terms, Extracted from the Works of Linnæus, book 3, chapter 6, page 183
      They are termed Binate, Ternate, or Quinate, growing two, three, or five together, according to the number of Folioles, of which the digitate Leaf consists.


Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in 1810; either quin(a) +‎ -ate or quin(ic) +‎ -ate, in either case perhaps after the French quinquinate; compare the French kinate, quinate.

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quinate (plural quinates)

  1. (chemistry) An ester or a salt of quinic acid.
    • 1810, Thomas Thomson, A System of Chemistry (4th ed.), volume 3, page 106
      Kinates. Hitherto only one species of this genus of salts has been examined, the kinate of lime, which exists in a species of Peruvian bark.
  • quinate, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd ed., 1989]
  • quinate, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [3rd ed., December 2007]




  1. vocative masculine singular of quīnatus