leaf-letter

leaflet

[leef-lit]
noun
1.
a small flat or folded sheet of printed matter, as an advertisement or notice, usually intended for free distribution.
2.
one of the separate blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
3.
a small leaflike part or structure.
4.
a small or young leaf.
verb (used with object), leafleted or leafletted, leafleting or leafletting.
5.
to distribute leaflets or handbills to or among: Campaign workers leafleted shoppers at the mall.
verb (used without object), leafleted or leafletted, leafleting or leafletting.
6.
to distribute leaflets.

Origin:
1780–90; leaf + -let

leafleter, leafletter, noun
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leaflet (ˈliːflɪt)
 
n
1.  a printed and usually folded sheet of paper for distribution, usually free and containing advertising material or information about a political party, charity, etc
2.  any of the subdivisions of a compound leaf such as a fern leaf
3.  (loosely) any small leaf or leaflike part
 
vb
4.  to distribute printed leaflets (to): they leafleted every flat in the area
 
'leafleter
 
n

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leaflet
1787 as a term in botany; 1867 as a term in printing and publication; dim. of leaf (q.v.) in the book sense.
"A newspaperman asked the British authorities for a copy of the leaflets distributed in Germany by British airplanes. According to the London Daily Herald, his request was refused with the following answer: "Copies are not given out, as they might fall into enemy hands." ["The Living Age" magazine, Sept. 1939-Feb. 1940]
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leaflet   (lē'flĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
A small leaf or leaflike part, especially one of the blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
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