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compound leaf

a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk, arranged either palmately, as the fingers of a hand, or pinnately, as the leaflets of a fern; the leaflets themselves may be compound.
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1875-80 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for compound leaf
  • The first year of growth produces a small plant with one compound leaf having three leaflets.
  • The main axis of an inflorescence or a pinnately compound leaf.
  • These varieties were selected because they have simple and compound leaf types, respectively.
  • Numerous small leaflets comprise the compound leaf that occurs alternately on the bristle covered branches.
  • The rachis has a swollen base, and the entire bipinnately compound leaf is arranged in alternate fashion along the stout twig.
  • General botanical description for the simple and compound leaf types.
British Dictionary definitions for compound leaf

compound leaf

a leaf consisting of two or more leaflets borne on the same leafstalk
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compound leaf in Science
compound leaf  
A leaf that is composed of two or more leaflets on a common stalk. Clover, roses, sumac, and walnut trees have compound leaves.
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