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scale leaf

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noun
  1. a scalelike leaf, as a bud scale or certain bracts.
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Origin of scale leaf

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for scale leaf

scale leaf

noun botany
  1. a modified leaf, often small and membranous, protecting buds, etc
  2. any of the leaves of some conifers, such as cypresses, that are small and tightly pressed to the stem
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