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  1. shaped like a leaf or leaves: foliated ornaments.
  2. Also foliate. Petrology, Mineralogy. consisting of thin and separable laminae.
  3. Architecture. foliate(def 3).
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Origin of foliated

First recorded in 1640–50; foliate + -ed2
Related formsun·fo·li·at·ed, adjective


[adjective foh-lee-it, -eyt; verb foh-lee-eyt]
  1. covered with or having leaves.
  2. like a leaf, as in shape.
  3. Also foliated. Architecture.
    1. ornamented with or composed of foil: foliate tracery.
    2. ornamented with representations of foliage: a foliate capital.
  4. Petrology, Mineralogy. foliated(def 2).
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verb (used without object), fo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing.
  1. to put forth leaves.
  2. to split into thin leaflike layers or laminae.
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verb (used with object), fo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing.
  1. to shape like a leaf or leaves.
  2. to decorate with foils or foliage.
  3. to form into thin sheets.
  4. to spread over with a thin metallic backing.
  5. Printing. to number the folios or leaves, as distinguished from pages, of (a manuscript or book).
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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
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Related Words

plate, layer, separate, coat, flake, face, foil, split, exfoliate, stratify, veneer, foliate, count, check, number, paginate

Examples from the Web for foliated

Historical Examples

  • The designs are frequently conventionalized, foliated patterns.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson

  • The latter have foliated capitals, and are in the Perpendicular style.

  • The windows have three lights, with three foliated circles in their heads.

  • The two foliated railings (Figs. 166, 167) are also very meritorious.

  • Most of the windows of the nave and chancel are Dec., with foliated rear arches.


    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

British Dictionary definitions for foliated


  1. architect ornamented with or made up of foliage or foils
  2. (of rocks and minerals, esp schists) composed of thin easily separable layers
  3. (esp of parts of animals or plants) resembling a leaf
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adjective (ˈfəʊlɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
    1. relating to, possessing, or resembling leaves
    2. in combinationtrifoliate
  1. (of certain metamorphic rocks, esp schists) having the constituent minerals arranged in thin leaflike layers
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verb (ˈfəʊlɪˌeɪt)
  1. (tr) to ornament with foliage or with leaf forms such as foils
  2. to hammer or cut (metal) into thin plates or foil
  3. (tr) to coat or back (glass, etc) with metal foil
  4. (tr) to number the leaves of (a book, manuscript, etc)Compare paginate
  5. (intr) (of plants) to grow leaves
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin foliātus leaved, leafy
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Word Origin and History for foliated



1620s, from Latin foliatus "leaved, leafy," from folium (see folio).

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1660s, "to apply silver leaf," from Latin foliatus "leaved, leafy," from folium (see folio). Meaning "to put forth leaves" is from 1775. Related: Foliated; foliating.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

foliated in Science


  1. The set of layers visible in many metamorphic rocks as a result of the flattening and stretching of mineral grains during metamorphism.
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Related formsfoliated adjective
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