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compound leaf

noun
1.
a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk, arranged either palmately, as the fingers of a hand, or pinnately, as the leaflets of a fern; the leaflets themselves may be compound.
Origin of compound leaf
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80
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  • It has lost the leaflets from its compound leaf, and a single one remains.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The compound leaf does not necessarily take it out of the maple group.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Leaflet, one of the divisions or blades of a compound leaf, 57.

  • The tendrils which form long spirals are generally modified stems or leaves, or they may be elongated leaflets of a compound leaf.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
  • The suppression of one or more leaflets of a compound leaf has already been referred to at p. 396.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • One is three-lobed; the other is a compound leaf, the lobes having formed separate leaves.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • A compound leaf bearing leaflets at the end or along the sides of the main axis.

    The Plants of Michigan Henry Allan Gleason
  • A compound leaf bearing leaflets along the sides of the axis.

    The Plants of Michigan Henry Allan Gleason
  • Said of a compound leaf in which the leaflets are borne at the apex of the petiole; finger-shaped.

    Michigan Trees Charles Herbert Otis
  • This is the feather type of compound leaf, seen in the locust family, and among walnuts and hickories.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for compound leaf

compound leaf

noun
1.
a leaf consisting of two or more leaflets borne on the same leafstalk
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compound leaf in Science
compound leaf  
A leaf that is composed of two or more leaflets on a common stalk. Clover, roses, sumac, and walnut trees have compound leaves.
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