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[foh-lee-ohs] /ˈfoʊ liˌoʊs/
Botany, leafy.
Botany, Mycology. having a leaflike thallus loosely attached to a surface, as certain lichens.
Compare crustose, fruticose.
Also, folious
[foh-lee-uh s] /ˈfoʊ li əs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of foliose
1720-30; < Latin foliōsus. See folium, -ose1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for foliose
  • Thallus squamulose to small foliose, though often the thallus partially dissolves into granules.
  • Thallus is two-parted, consisting of a foliose thallus and an erect podetium.
  • foliose lichens are leafy, and can live on rocks or trees.
  • The thallus is two-parted, consisting of a foliose thallus and an erect podetium.
  • Crustose and foliose lichens are abundant on the exposed bedrock.
  • Bladed kelps and foliose red algae occur on the boulders and cobbles in the photic zone of the conservation area.
British Dictionary definitions for foliose


/ˈfəʊlɪˌəʊs; -ˌəʊz/
another word for foliaceous (sense 1), foliaceous (sense 2)
Word Origin
C18: from Latin foliōsus full of leaves
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