foliate

[adj. foh-lee-it, -eyt; v. foh-lee-eyt]
adjective
1.
covered with or having leaves.
2.
like a leaf, as in shape.
3.
Also, foliated. Architecture.
a.
ornamented with or composed of foils: foliate tracery.
b.
ornamented with representations of foliage: a foliate capital.
4.
Petrology, Mineralogy, foliated ( def 2 ).
verb (used without object), foliated, foliating.
5.
to put forth leaves.
6.
to split into thin leaflike layers or laminae.
verb (used with object), foliated, foliating.
7.
to shape like a leaf or leaves.
8.
to decorate with foils or foliage.
9.
to form into thin sheets.
10.
to spread over with a thin metallic backing.
11.
Printing. to number the folios or leaves, as distinguished from pages, of (a manuscript or book).

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin foliātus leafy. See folium, -ate1

subfoliate, adjective
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foliate
 
adj
1.  a.  relating to, possessing, or resembling leaves
 b.  in combination: trifoliate
2.  (of certain metamorphic rocks, esp schists) having the constituent minerals arranged in thin leaflike layers
 
vb
3.  (tr) to ornament with foliage or with leaf forms such as foils
4.  to hammer or cut (metal) into thin plates or foil
5.  (tr) to coat or back (glass, etc) with metal foil
6.  (tr) Compare paginate to number the leaves of (a book, manuscript, etc)
7.  (intr) (of plants) to grow leaves
 
[C17: from Latin foliātus leaved, leafy]

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foliate
1620s, from L. foliatus leaved, leafy, from folium (see folio). As a verb, attested from 1660s. Related: Foliated.
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Example sentences
More frequent are radiantly colored geometric or foliate patterns with ornate borders.
It is a four-story steel frame skeleton, faced with brick, and has exuberant terra-cotta foliate ornament at the attic level.
Accessing the balcony are narrow wood stairs with ornately carved foliate wood newel posts.
The carving consists of a central rose flanked by two simple foliate scrolls.
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