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Tertiary (definition)

Being of the third formation, order, or rank; third; as, a tertiary use of a word.

Possessing some quality in the third degree; having been subjected to the substitution of three atoms or radicals; as, a tertiary alcohol, amine, or salt. Cf. Primary, and Secondary.

Later than, or subsequent to, the Secondary.

Growing on the innermost joint of a bird's wing; tertial; -- said of quills.

A member of the Third Order in any monastic system; as, the Franciscan tertiaries; the Dominican tertiaries; the Carmelite tertiaries. See Third Order, under Third.

The Tertiary era, period, or formation.

One of the quill feathers which are borne upon the basal joint of the wing of a bird. See Illust. of Bird.

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