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scale leaf

noun
1.
a scalelike leaf, as a bud scale or certain bracts.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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British Dictionary definitions for scale leaves

scale leaf

noun (botany)
1.
a modified leaf, often small and membranous, protecting buds, etc
2.
any of the leaves of some conifers, such as cypresses, that are small and tightly pressed to the stem
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