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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling the leaf of a plant.
  • adj. Having leaves or leaflike structures.
  • adj. Geology Consisting of thin, leaflike layers, as of minerals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a leaf or leaves, leaflike.
  • adj. Bearing leaves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to, or having the texture or nature of, a leaf; having leaves intermixed with flowers.
  • adj. Consisting of leaves or thin laminæ; having the form of a leaf or plate.
  • adj. Leaflike in form or mode of growth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being or resembling a leaf.
  • In botany, having the texture or form of a leaf; bearing leaves; leafy.
  • In zoology, having parts or processes like leaves; ramifying like a leafy branch; foliate; expanded and thin, but not flat. Also frondose.
  • Consisting of thin laminæ; having the form of a leaf or plate: as, foliaceous spar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata
  • adj. of or pertaining to or resembling the leaf of a plant
  • adj. bearing numerous leaves

Etymologies

From Latin foliāceus, from folium, leaf; see folium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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