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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.
Origin of compound leaf
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The compound leaves are six or seven inches long, with thirty or less pairs of leaflets; fruit is a pod six or eight inches long.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The box elder is the one native maple which has compound leaves.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The compound leaves are five or more inches long with three or five leaflets.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Still fewer of the trees with compound leaves show this arrangement.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • All herbaceous plants with deeply lobed, dissected or compound leaves may be sought under the Dicotyledones.

    The Plants of Michigan Henry Allan Gleason
  • It is not necessary to describe separately all the principal forms of simple and compound leaves.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
  • Its compound leaves are five or seven inches long, and the leaflets which number from three to seven have long, slender tips.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Sometimes in the last-named genus, as also in Pteridophyllum, every gradation between simple and compound leaves may be traced.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • It is a trailing vine with compound leaves of from four to seven leaflets which are double-toothed.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • Stipules between the opposite and compound leaves (but they are caducous).

British Dictionary definitions for compound leaves

compound leaf

a leaf consisting of two or more leaflets borne on the same leafstalk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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compound leaves 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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