adjective Botany.

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

Also broadleaf, broadleafed, broad-leafed [brawd-leeft] /ˈbrɔdˌlift/.

Origin of broad-leaved

First recorded in 1545–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for broad-leaved

Historical Examples of broad-leaved

  • He descended the slope, and sat down in the shade of a broad-leaved tree.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • She wore a broad-leaved hat which did not wholly conceal her glorious hair.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • Escarole is the broad-leaved variety of the well-known endive.

    Fifty Salads

    Thomas Jefferson Murrey

  • In the West the broad-leaved trees do not form dense forests.

    Conservation Reader

    Harold W. Fairbanks

  • The foliage of the broad-leaved trees is the delight of many insects.

    Conservation Reader

    Harold W. Fairbanks

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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broad-leaved in Science



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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