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noun Botany.
  1. an expanded petiole resembling and having the function of a leaf, but without a true blade.
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Origin of phyllode

First recorded in 1840–50, phyllode is from the Greek word phyllṓdēs leaflike. See phyll-, -ode1
Related formsphyl·lo·di·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • To emphasize this difference, botanists call such an apparent leaf a phyllodium, or phyllode.


    Joseph Le Conte

British Dictionary definitions for phyllode


  1. a flattened leafstalk that resembles and functions as a leaf
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Derived Formsphyllodial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin phyllodium, from Greek phullōdēs leaflike
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phyllode in Science


  1. A flattened leafstalk that functions as a leaf, as in an acacia.
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