scale leaf


noun

a scalelike leaf, as a bud scale or certain bracts.

Nearby words

  1. scale,
  2. scale 3,
  3. scale back,
  4. scale down,
  5. scale insect,
  6. scale moss,
  7. scale-pan,
  8. scaleback,
  9. scaleboard,
  10. scaled

Origin of scale leaf

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for scale leaf

scale leaf

noun botany

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