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[lee-fee] /ˈli fi/
adjective, leafier, leafiest.
having, abounding in, or covered with leaves or foliage:
the leafy woods.
having broad leaves or consisting mainly of leaves:
leafy vegetables.
leaflike; foliaceous.
1545-55; leaf + -y1
Related forms
leafiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Picture the lobby atrium of a new, green building, one filled with leafy plants and trees.
  • Our consumption of terrestrial plant material is pretty much limited to a narrow range of leafy plants, fruits and vegetables.
  • But the snails used to enjoy my lovely, leafy plants.
  • Flowers, are other leafy plants are food items to deer.
  • Note that heavy feeding of either type in spring leads to excessive leafy growth, soft fruit, and fruit rot.
  • He used a variety of ground covers to form leafy liners for wire basket frames.
  • Remove fibrous outer layers and coarse leafy tops, and trim root.
  • Use plants to create leafy walls for privacy and a sense of place.
  • Watch swans and koi swim in the lake surrounded by leafy native plants.
  • Their production accounts for more than one third of the country's annual leafy greens.
British Dictionary definitions for leafy


adjective leafier, leafiest
covered with or having leaves
resembling a leaf or leaves
Derived Forms
leafiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leafy

1550s, from leaf (n.) + -y (2). Related: Leafily; leafiness.

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