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[fil-ohd] /ˈfɪl oʊd/
noun, Botany.
an expanded petiole resembling and having the function of a leaf, but without a true blade.
Origin of phyllode
First recorded in 1840-50, phyllode is from the Greek word phyllṓdēs leaflike. See phyll-, -ode1
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phyllodial, adjective Unabridged
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  • To emphasize this difference, botanists call such an apparent leaf a phyllodium, or phyllode.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
British Dictionary definitions for phyllode


a flattened leafstalk that resembles and functions as a leaf
Derived Forms
phyllodial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin phyllodium, from Greek phullōdēs leaflike
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phyllode in Science
A flattened leafstalk that functions as a leaf, as in an acacia.
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