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  1. Botany. leafy.
  2. Botany, Mycology. having a leaflike thallus loosely attached to a surface, as certain lichens.Compare crustose, fruticose.
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Also fo·li·ous [foh-lee-uh s] /ˈfoʊ li əs/.

Origin of foliose

From the Latin word foliōsus, dating back to 1720–30. See folium, -ose1
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Examples from the Web for foliose

Historical Examples of foliose

  • Blasia pusilla, which occurs commonly by ditches and streams, affords a transition to the foliose types.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3


  • The leaves and stem of the foliose forms effect the same division of labour in another way.

British Dictionary definitions for foliose


  1. another word for foliaceous (def. 1), foliaceous (def. 2)
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Word Origin for foliose

C18: from Latin foliōsus full of leaves
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