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[brawd-leevd] /ˈbrɔdˈlivd/
adjective, Botany.
of or relating to plants having broad or relatively broad leaves, rather than needles.
Also, broadleaf, broadleafed, broad-leafed
[brawd-leeft] /ˈbrɔdˌlift/ (Show IPA)
Origin of broad-leaved
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for broad-leaved
Historical Examples
  • He descended the slope, and sat down in the shade of a broad-leaved tree.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • She wore a broad-leaved hat which did not wholly conceal her glorious hair.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Escarole is the broad-leaved variety of the well-known endive.

    Fifty Salads Thomas Jefferson Murrey
  • In the West the broad-leaved trees do not form dense forests.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • The foliage of the broad-leaved trees is the delight of many insects.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • The red is most used for culinary purposes, and the broad-leaved is most medicinal.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • The broad-leaved or wych elm (Ulmus montana), indigenous to Scotland.

    The Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott
  • There were also groves and glen with broad-leaved trees as well as pines.

  • Forests of the broad-leaved plantain and banana line the banks.

  • The varieties of the broad-leaved form of Meleagris are but little grown in Great Britain.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
British Dictionary definitions for broad-leaved


denoting trees other than conifers, most of which have broad rather than needle-shaped leaves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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broad-leaved in Science
broad-leaved (brôd'lēvd') also broad-leafed
Having broad leaves rather than needlelike or scalelike leaves. Broad leaves are adapted to maximizing photosynthesis by capturing large amounts of sunlight. Since the gases that are exchanged with the atmosphere in photosynthesis must be dissolved in water, most broad-leaved plants grow in regions with dependable rainfall. See more at leaf, transpiration.

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