of or relating to plants having broad or relatively broad leaves, rather than needles.
- Also broadleaf, broadleafed, broad-leafed [brawd-leeft]. /ˈbrɔdˌlift/.
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How to use broad-leaved in a sentence
Among trees the feathery, fern-like foliage of the bamboo is most in evidence; but the broad-leaved banana ranks easily next.Where Half The World Is Waking Up | Clarence Poe
Behind, the broad leaved shrubbery gossiped softly with the wind, and from the lower main terrace came music and laughing voices.Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
Escarole is a broad-leaved variety that is grown more or less in a head.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The branching broad-leaved canes, with strange white flowers, is Arrowroot.At Last | Charles Kingsley
They are made of rushes, or a kind of broad-leaved grass, split at the stem, and are worked in a variety of patterns.A Voyage Round the World, from 1806 to 1812 | Archibald Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for broad-leaved
denoting trees other than conifers, most of which have broad rather than needle-shaped leaves
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Scientific definitions for broad-leaved
Having broad leaves rather than needlelike or scalelike leaves. Broad leaves are adapted to maximizing photosynthesis by capturing large amounts of sunlight. Since the gases that are exchanged with the atmosphere in photosynthesis must be dissolved in water, most broad-leaved plants grow in regions with dependable rainfall. See more at leaf transpiration.
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