Tertiary color
Tertiary Ter"ti*a*ry, a. [L. tertiarius containing a third part, fr. tertius third: cf. F. tertiaire. See {Tierce}.] 1. Being of the third formation, order, or rank; third; as, a tertiary use of a word. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) 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}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geol.) Later than, or subsequent to, the Secondary. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Growing on the innermost joint of a bird's wing; tertial; -- said of quills. [1913 Webster]

{Tertiary age}. (Geol.) See under {Age}, 8.

{Tertiary color}, a color produced by the mixture of two secondaries. ``The so-called tertiary colors are citrine, russet, and olive.'' --Fairholt.

{Tertiary period}. (Geol.) (a) The first period of the age of mammals, or of the Cenozoic era. (b) The rock formation of that period; -- called also {Tertiary formation}. See the Chart of {Geology}.

{Tertiary syphilis} (Med.), the third and last stage of syphilis, in which it invades the bones and internal organs. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tertiary — Ter ti*a*ry, a. [L. tertiarius containing a third part, fr. tertius third: cf. F. tertiaire. See {Tierce}.] 1. Being of the third formation, order, or rank; third; as, a tertiary use of a word. Trench. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Possessing some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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