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foliage

[foh-lee-ij]
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noun
  1. the leaves of a plant, collectively; leafage.
  2. leaves in general.
  3. the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches in painting, architectural ornament, etc.
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Origin of foliage

1400–50; late Middle English foilage < Middle French fueillage, foillage, derivative of feuille leaf; influenced by Latin folium folium. See foil2, -age
Related formsfo·li·aged, adjectiveun·fo·li·aged, adjective
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Related Words

vegetation, verdure, umbrage, growth, greenness, leafage, herbage, frondescence

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British Dictionary definitions for foliage

foliage

noun
  1. the green leaves of a plant
  2. sprays of leaves used for decoration
  3. an ornamental leaflike design
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Derived Formsfoliaged, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French fuellage, from fuelle leaf; influenced in form by Latin folium
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Word Origin and History for foliage

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French feuillage, from Old French feuille "leaf" (see foil (n.)). The form has altered by influence of Latin folium.

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