[ foh-lee-uh ]
/ ˈfoʊ li ə /


plural of folium.

Definition for folia (2 of 4)

[ fuh-lee-uh ]
/ fəˈli ə /


a wild and noisy Portuguese carnival dance accompanied by tambourines, performed at a frantic pace by men dressed as women and often carrying masked boys on their shoulders.

Origin of folia

see origin at folía

Definition for folia (3 of 4)

[ Spanish faw-lee-ah ]
/ Spanish fɔˈli ɑ /

noun, plural fo·lí·as [Spanish faw-lee-ahs] /Spanish fɔˈli ɑs/.

an early medieval Iberian dance accompanied by mime and songs, performed during celebrations of the solstice and New Year festivals.

Origin of folía

1780–85; < Spanish folía or Portuguese folia literally, madness, folly ≪ Old Provençal, equivalent to fol foolish, mad + -ia -y3; see fool1, folly

Definition for folia (4 of 4)

[ foh-lee-uh m ]
/ ˈfoʊ li əm /

noun, plural fo·li·a [foh-lee-uh] /ˈfoʊ li ə/.

a thin leaflike stratum or layer; a lamella.
Geometry. a loop; part of a curve terminated at both ends by the same node. Equation: x3 + y3 = 3axy.

Origin of folium

1840–50; < New Latin, Latin: literally, a leaf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for folia (1 of 2)

/ (ˈfəʊlɪə) /


the plural of folium

British Dictionary definitions for folia (2 of 2)

/ (ˈfəʊlɪəm) /

noun plural -lia (-lɪə)

a plane geometrical curve consisting of a loop whose two ends, intersecting at a node, are asymptotic to the same line. Standard equation: x ³ + y ³=3a xy where x = y +a is the equation of the line
any thin leaflike layer, esp of some metamorphic rocks

Word Origin for folium

C19: from Latin, literally: leaf
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Medical definitions for folia

[ fōlē-əm ]

n. pl. fo•li•a (-lē-ə)

A broad, thin, leaflike structure, as of the cerebellar cortex.
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Scientific definitions for folia

[ fōlē-əm ]

Plural folia

A thin, leaflike layer or stratum occurring especially in metamorphic rock.
A plane cubic curve having a single loop, a node, and two ends asymptotic to the same line. Also called folium of Descartes
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