- leaf-nosed bat,
- leafcutter ant,
- leafcutter bee,
Origin of leafed
noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of leaf
Examples from the Web for leafed
She declined, barely looking up as she leafed through a fashion magazine.
She "leafed through the one that's supposed to be Detmar's and thought it was a bit thin."
And going down to the creek is a grassy, leafed, brushed, tree area.Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
What was obviously the dossier slid from the desk chute and Holland leafed through it, as though disinterested.Frigid Fracas|Dallas McCord Reynolds
Barby ran for a dictionary and leafed through the pages quickly.The Caves of Fear|John Blaine
Then, suddenly, out burst from the leafed sprays a chorus of song that might have rivaled angels' melodies.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
The elms were leafed out, the cherry and peach blossoms had fallen, and the apple-trees were in full flower.The Portion of Labor|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
noun plural leaves (liːvz)
Word Origin for leaf
"to turn over (the pages of a book)," 1660s, from leaf (n.). The notion of a book page also is in the phrase to turn over a (new) leaf (1570s). Related: Leafed; leaved; leafing.
Old English leaf "leaf of a plant; page of a book," from Proto-Germanic *laubaz (cf. Old Saxon lof, Old Norse lauf, Old Frisian laf, Dutch loof, Old High German loub, German Laub "foliage, leaves," Gothic lauf), perhaps from PIE *leup- "to peel off, break off" (cf. Lithuanian luobas, Old Church Slavonic lubu "bark, rind"). Extended 15c. to very thin sheets of metal (especially gold). Meaning "hinged flap on the side of a table" is from 1550s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with leaf
- leaf through
- quake in one's boots (like a leaf)
- take a leaf out of someone's book
- turn over a new leaf