an expanded petiole resembling and having the function of a leaf, but without a true blade.
Origin of phyllode
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for phyllode
Historical Examples of phyllode
To emphasize this difference, botanists call such an apparent leaf a phyllodium, or phyllode.Evolution
Joseph Le Conte
a flattened leafstalk that resembles and functions as a leaf
Word Origin for phyllode
C19: from New Latin phyllodium, from Greek phullōdēs leaflike
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
A flattened leafstalk that functions as a leaf, as in an acacia.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.