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[foh-lee-er] /ˈfoʊ li ər/
of, relating to, or having the nature of a leaf or leaves.
Origin of foliar
1870-75; < New Latin foliāris. See folium, -ar1
Related forms
subfoliar, adjective Unabridged
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  • The foam also has potential with tree bark treatments and even foliar applications.
  • foliar applications of a plant growth regulator would provide a low-labor, low-cost method to suppress flowering.
  • foliar spray of herbicides should only be used in less sensitive areas because of problems with contacting nontarget species.
  • The efficacy of this herbicide on corn and selected weeds was tested with either foliar and root application.
British Dictionary definitions for foliar


of or relating to a leaf or leaves
Word Origin
C19: from French foliaire, from Latin folium leaf
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