the leaves of a plant, collectively; leafage.
leaves in general.
the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches in painting, architectural ornament, etc.

1400–50; late Middle English foilage < Middle French fueillage, foillage, derivative of feuille leaf; influenced by Latin folium folium. See foil2, -age

foliaged, adjective
unfoliaged, adjective Unabridged
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foliage (ˈfəʊlɪɪdʒ)
1.  the green leaves of a plant
2.  sprays of leaves used for decoration
3.  an ornamental leaflike design
[C15: from Old French fuellage, from fuelle leaf; influenced in form by Latin folium]

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Word Origin & History

1598, from M.Fr. feuillage, from O.Fr. feuille "leaf" (see foil (n.)). The form altered by infl. of L. folium.
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Example sentences
Leaves tumble into low spots, filling earthy troughs with foliage.
Outside, there are the added problems of foliage, tall buildings and hills.
The air underneath them is stagnant, as in a sauna, but their foliage is the
  only available shade.
If the foliage is low weeds, it may be a small stream and the snake may be one
  foot long.
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