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[per-foh-lee-it, -eyt] /pərˈfoʊ li ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
adjective, Botany
having the stem apparently passing through the leaf, owing to congenital union of the basal edges of the leaf round the stem.
1540-50; < New Latin perfoliātus (see per-, foliate), the feminine of which, perfoliāta, was formerly used as the name of a plant with a stalk that seemed to grow through (pierce) its leafage
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perfoliation, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for perfoliate


/pəˈfəʊlɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
(of a leaf) having a base that completely encloses the stem, so that the stem appears to pass through it
Derived Forms
perfoliation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin perfoliātus, from Latin per- through + folium leaf
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