[ foh-lee-ij ]
/ ˈfoʊ li ɪdʒ /


the leaves of a plant, collectively; leafage.
leaves in general.
the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches in painting, architectural ornament, etc.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foliage


/ (ˈfəʊlɪɪdʒ) /


the green leaves of a plant
sprays of leaves used for decoration
an ornamental leaflike design

Derived Formsfoliaged, adjective

Word Origin for foliage

C15: from Old French fuellage, from fuelle leaf; influenced in form by Latin folium
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