[ foh-lee-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈfoʊ li əˌleɪt /

adjective Botany.

pertaining to or consisting of leaflets (often used in combination, as bifoliolate).

Origin of foliolate

From the New Latin word foliolātus, dating back to 1865–70. See foliole, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foliolate

  • Changed "trifoliate" to "trifoliolate" in the index entry for "Foliolate."

  • Foliolate, relating to or bearing leaflets (foliola); trifoliolate, with three leaflets, &c.

British Dictionary definitions for foliolate


/ (ˈfəʊlɪəˌleɪt, fəʊˈlɪəlɪt, -ˌleɪt) /


botany possessing or relating to leaflets

Word Origin for foliolate

C19: from Late Latin foliolum little leaf, from Latin folium leaf
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