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aphyllous

[ey-fil-uh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. naturally leafless.
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Origin of aphyllous

1820–30; < New Latin aphyllus < Greek áphyllos leafless. See a-6, -phyllous
Related formsa·phyl·ly, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aphyllous

aphyllous

adjective
  1. (of plants) having no leaves
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Derived Formsaphylly, noun

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin aphyllus, from Greek aphullos, from a- 1 + phullon leaf
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aphyllous in Science

aphyllous

[ā-fĭləs]
  1. Bearing no leaves; leafless. Aphyllous plants conduct photosynthesis in their stems and branches.
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