[ klad-uh-fil, kley-duh- ]
/ ˈklæd ə fɪl, ˈkleɪ də- /

noun Botany.

a leaflike flattened branch that resembles and functions as a leaf.

Origin of cladophyll

First recorded in 1875–80; clado- + -phyll
Also called cladode. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cladophyll


/ (ˈklædəfɪl) /


another name for cladode

Word Origin for cladophyll

C19: from Greek klados branch + phullon leaf
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Science definitions for cladophyll


[ klădə-fĭl′ ]

A photosynthetic branch or portion of a stem that resembles and functions as a leaf, as the pad of a prickly-pear cactus. Also called cladode
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