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[foh-lee-ey-shuh s]
  1. of, like, or of the nature of a plant leaf; leaflike.
  2. bearing leaves or leaflike parts.
  3. pertaining to or consisting of leaves.
  4. consisting of leaflike plates or laminae; foliated.
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Origin of foliaceous

First recorded in 1650–60, foliaceous is from the Latin word foliāceus leafy, like a leaf. See folium, -aceous
Related formsfo·li·a·ceous·ness, nounsu·per·fo·li·a·ceous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for foliaceous

Historical Examples of foliaceous

  • The shells of this family are irregular, generally attached and foliaceous.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby

  • Fruit a 2-celled, 2-seeded capsule, flattened and foliaceous at the extremity (a samara).

    Woodland Gleanings

    Charles Tilt

  • Calyx 5-parted, without appendages, enlarged and foliaceous in fruit.

  • The calyx is most generally green in color, and foliaceous (leaf-like) in texture.

  • Foliaceous, belonging to, or of the texture or nature of, a leaf (folium).

British Dictionary definitions for foliaceous


  1. having the appearance of the leaf of a plant
  2. bearing leaves or leaflike structures
  3. geology (of certain rocks, esp schists) consisting of thin layers; foliated
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Word Origin for foliaceous

C17: from Latin foliāceus
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