[ foh-lee-ey-tid ]
/ ˈfoʊ liˌeɪ tɪd /


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

Origin of foliated

First recorded in 1640–50; foliate + -ed2

Related forms

un·fo·li·at·ed, adjective

Definition for foliated (2 of 2)


[ adjective foh-lee-it, -eyt; verb foh-lee-eyt ]
/ adjective ˈfoʊ li ɪt, -ˌeɪt; verb ˈfoʊ liˌeɪt /


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.

Origin of foliate

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

Related forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for foliated (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfəʊlɪˌeɪtɪd) /


architect ornamented with or made up of foliage or foils
(of rocks and minerals, esp schists) composed of thin easily separable layers
(esp of parts of animals or plants) resembling a leaf

British Dictionary definitions for foliated (2 of 2)


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)

Word Origin for foliate

C17: from Latin foliātus leaved, leafy
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Science definitions for foliated


[ fō′lē-āshən ]

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

Related forms

foliated adjective
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