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connate

(kŏn′āt′, kŏ-nāt′)
adj.
1. Existing at birth or from the beginning; inborn or inherent.
2. Biology Joined or united with a structure of the same kind, as sepals or petals.

con′nate′ly adv.
con′nate′ness n.
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connate

(of plant organs) originally distinct, but growing together and joining.
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