[ brawd-leevd ]

  1. of or relating to plants having broad or relatively broad leaves, rather than needles.

Origin of broad-leaved

First recorded in 1545–55
  • Also broadleaf, broadleafed, broad-leafed [brawd-leeft]. /ˈbrɔdˌlift/.

Words Nearby broad-leaved Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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.

  • Behind, the broad leaved shrubbery gossiped softly with the wind, and from the lower main terrace came music and laughing voices.

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  • Escarole is a broad-leaved variety that is grown more or less in a head.

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  • The branching broad-leaved canes, with strange white flowers, is Arrowroot.

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  • They are made of rushes, or a kind of broad-leaved grass, split at the stem, and are worked in a variety of patterns.

British Dictionary definitions for broad-leaved


  1. denoting trees other than conifers, most of which have broad rather than needle-shaped leaves

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Scientific definitions for broad-leaved


[ brôdlēvd′ ]

  1. 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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