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[foh-lee-ey-shuh s] /ˌfoʊ liˈeɪ ʃəs/
of, like, or of the nature of a plant leaf; leaflike.
bearing leaves or leaflike parts.
pertaining to or consisting of leaves.
consisting of leaflike plates or laminae; foliated.
Origin of foliaceous
1650-60; < Latin foliāceus leafy, like a leaf. See folium, -aceous
Related forms
foliaceousness, noun
superfoliaceous, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Calyx 5-parted, without appendages, enlarged and foliaceous in fruit.

  • Of the foliaceous group there are likewise two British genera, Melobesia and Hildenbrantia.

  • The calyx is most generally green in color, and foliaceous (leaf-like) in texture.

  • The adventitious organs appeared as if they were developments from the thalamus—a kind of foliaceous disc, in fact.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • These latter organs may be absent or they may themselves be the subjects of foliaceous development.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • It may be observed that the gills or foliaceous lamin are placed at the circumference of the body, and at its smallest parts.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • They differ from Ostracea in having no hinge or ligament, and only resemble them in their irregularity and foliaceous structure.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • We will begin with the Scarabides, with their heavy compact body, and short antenn, terminated by a foliaceous club.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • Ventral tentacular cirrus of second somite of a thin or foliaceous and asymmetrical form.

  • The varices are simple and not foliaceous as in M. rufus; the shell is more globose.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for foliaceous


having the appearance of the leaf of a plant
bearing leaves or leaflike structures
(geology) (of certain rocks, esp schists) consisting of thin layers; foliated
Word Origin
C17: from Latin foliāceus
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