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  1. of, relating to, or having the nature of a leaf or leaves.
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Origin of foliar

From the New Latin word foliāris, dating back to 1870–75. See folium, -ar1
Related formssub·fo·li·ar, adjective
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Historical Examples of foliar

  • Phyllome, foliar parts, those answering to leaves in their nature.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Such behavior suggests that these plants were originally furnished with cylindrical stems and foliar leaves.

  • For other illustrations of increased leaf-formation, see Multiplication of foliar organs.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • On turning from foliar expansions, to stems and roots, facts of like meaning meet us.

  • No special secretion has been observed to be exuded in the foliar chambers of Lathraea.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

British Dictionary definitions for foliar


  1. of or relating to a leaf or leaves
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Word Origin for foliar

C19: from French foliaire, from Latin folium leaf
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