[adjective foh-lee-it, -eyt; verb foh-lee-eyt]


verb (used without object), fo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing.

to put forth leaves.
to split into thin leaflike layers or laminae.

verb (used with object), fo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing.

Nearby words

  1. folia,
  2. foliaceous,
  3. foliage,
  4. foliage plant,
  5. foliar,
  6. foliate papilla,
  7. foliated,
  8. foliated joint,
  9. foliation,
  10. foliature

Origin of foliate

First recorded in 1620–30, foliate is from the Latin word foliātus leafy. See folium, -ate1

Related formssub·fo·li·ate, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foliate


adjective (ˈfəʊlɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

  1. relating to, possessing, or resembling leaves
  2. in combinationtrifoliate
(of certain metamorphic rocks, esp schists) having the constituent minerals arranged in thin leaflike layers

verb (ˈfəʊlɪˌeɪt)

(tr) to ornament with foliage or with leaf forms such as foils
to hammer or cut (metal) into thin plates or foil
(tr) to coat or back (glass, etc) with metal foil
(tr) to number the leaves of (a book, manuscript, etc)Compare paginate
(intr) (of plants) to grow leaves

Word Origin for foliate

C17: from Latin foliātus leaved, leafy

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