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[per-foh-lee-it, -eyt] /pərˈfoʊ li ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
adjective, Botany.
having the stem apparently passing through the leaf, owing to congenital union of the basal edges of the leaf round the stem.
Origin of perfoliate
1540-50; < New Latin perfoliātus (see per-, foliate), the feminine of which, perfoliāta, was formerly used as the name of a plant with a stalk that seemed to grow through (pierce) its leafage
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perfoliation, noun Unabridged
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  • The former is usually confined to the small intestine, but the perfoliate worm often occupies the ccum and colon in great numbers.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for perfoliate


/pəˈfəʊlɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
(of a leaf) having a base that completely encloses the stem, so that the stem appears to pass through it
Derived Forms
perfoliation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin perfoliātus, from Latin per- through + folium leaf
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