- of or relating to plants having broad or relatively broad leaves, rather than needles.
Also broadleaf, broadleafed, broad-leafed [brawd-leeft] /ˈbrɔdˌlift/.
Origin of broad-leaved
First recorded in 1545–55
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Examples from the Web for broad-leaved
He descended the slope, and sat down in the shade of a broad-leaved tree.Brave and Bold
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.
The foliage of the broad-leaved trees is the delight of many insects.
- denoting trees other than conifers, most of which have broad rather than needle-shaped leaves
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- 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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