- a scalelike leaf, as a bud scale or certain bracts.
Origin of scale leaf
First recorded in 1880–85
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- a modified leaf, often small and membranous, protecting buds, etc
- any of the leaves of some conifers, such as cypresses, that are small and tightly pressed to the stem
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