|denoting trees other than conifers, most of which have broad rather than needle-shaped leaves|
broad-leaved (brôd'lēvd') also broad-leafed [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (brôd'lēvd') Pronunciation Key |
Having broad leaves rather than needlelike or scalelike leaves. Broad leaves are adapted to maximizing photosynthesis by capturing large amounts of sunlight. Since the gases that are exchanged with the atmosphere in photosynthesis must be dissolved in water, most broad-leaved plants grow in regions with dependable rainfall. See more at leaf, transpiration.