EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective . Botany of or relating to plants having broad or relatively broad leaves, rather than needles.
broadleafed, broad-leafed [ brawd-leeft] /ˈbrɔdˌlift/
Origin of broad-leaved
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Examples from the Web for broad-leaved Historical Examples of broad-leaved
He descended the slope, and sat down in the shade of a
She wore a
broad-leaved hat which did not wholly conceal her glorious hair.
Escarole is the
broad-leaved variety of the well-known endive.
In the West the
broad-leaved trees do not form dense forests.
The foliage of the
broad-leaved trees is the delight of many insects. British Dictionary definitions for broad-leaved adjective denoting trees other than conifers, most of which have broad rather than needle-shaped leaves
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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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