a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk, arranged either palmately, as the fingers of a hand, or pinnately, as the leaflets of a fern; the leaflets themselves may be compound.
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Origin of compound leaf
First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for compound leaf
a leaf consisting of two or more leaflets borne on the same leafstalk
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Science definitions for compound leaf
A leaf that is composed of two or more leaflets on a common stalk. Clover, roses, sumac, and walnut trees have compound leaves.
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