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[foh-lee-ij] /ˈfoʊ li ɪdʒ/
the leaves of a plant, collectively; leafage.
leaves in general.
the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches in painting, architectural ornament, etc.
Origin of foliage
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English foilage < Middle French fueillage, foillage, derivative of feuille leaf; influenced by Latin folium folium. See foil2, -age
Related forms
foliaged, adjective
unfoliaged, adjective Unabridged
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  • Renwick, crouched beneath the foliage, was incapable of motion.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • Never is the city so lovely as in this month of May, when all the trees are in the fullness of their foliage.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • This shows why plants spread out so large a surface of foliage.

  • No breath of air stirred the foliage or the bending rushes in the swale.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The towering magnolia, in all the pride of foliage and flower, shaded us.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
British Dictionary definitions for foliage


the green leaves of a plant
sprays of leaves used for decoration
an ornamental leaflike design
Derived Forms
foliaged, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French fuellage, from fuelle leaf; influenced in form by Latin folium
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Word Origin and History for foliage

mid-15c., from Middle French feuillage, from Old French feuille "leaf" (see foil (n.)). The form has altered by influence of Latin folium.

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