[ fil-uh-kleyd ]
/ ˈfɪl əˌkleɪd /

noun Botany.

a flattened stem or branch having the function of a leaf.
a cladophyll.

Origin of phylloclade

From the New Latin word phyllocladium, dating back to 1855–60. See phyllo-, clad-, -ium

Related forms

phyl·lo·cla·di·oid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phylloclade


phylloclad (ˈfɪləʊˌklæd)

/ (ˈfɪləʊˌkleɪd) /


other names for cladode

Word Origin for phylloclade

C19: from New Latin phyllocladium, from phyllo- + Greek klados branch
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Science definitions for phylloclade


[ fĭlə-klād′ ]

A flattened, photosynthetic branch or stem that resembles or performs the function of a leaf, as in certain cacti such as the prickly pear.
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