[per-foh-lee-it, -eyt]

adjective Botany.

having the stem apparently passing through the leaf, owing to congenital union of the basal edges of the leaf round the stem.

Origin of perfoliate

1540–50; < New Latin perfoliātus (see per-, foliate), the feminine of which, perfoliāta, was formerly used as the name of a plant with a stalk that seemed to grow through (pierce) its leafage
Related formsper·fo·li·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for perfoliate

Historical Examples of perfoliate

  • The former is usually confined to the small intestine, but the perfoliate worm often occupies the ccum and colon in great numbers.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for perfoliate



(of a leaf) having a base that completely encloses the stem, so that the stem appears to pass through it
Derived Formsperfoliation, noun

Word Origin for perfoliate

C17: from New Latin perfoliātus, from Latin per- through + folium leaf
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