[ foh-lee-ey-shuh s ]
/ ˌfoʊ liˈeɪ ʃəs /


of, like, or of the nature of a plant leaf; leaflike.
bearing leaves or leaflike parts.
pertaining to or consisting of leaves.
consisting of leaflike plates or laminae; foliated.

Origin of foliaceous

First recorded in 1650–60, foliaceous is from the Latin word foliāceus leafy, like a leaf. See folium, -aceous

Related forms

fo·li·a·ceous·ness, nounsu·per·fo·li·a·ceous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foliaceous


/ (ˌfəʊlɪˈeɪʃəs) /


having the appearance of the leaf of a plant
bearing leaves or leaflike structures
geology (of certain rocks, esp schists) consisting of thin layers; foliated

Word Origin for foliaceous

C17: from Latin foliāceus
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