scale leaf


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scale leaf

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1. (Botany) a modified leaf, often small and membranous, protecting buds, etc
2. (Botany) any of the leaves of some conifers, such as cypresses, that are small and tightly pressed to the stem
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Noun1.scale leaf - a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkinscale leaf - a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
foliage, leaf, leafage - the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
squamule - a minute scale
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Large scale leaf patterned carpeting, Indian slate walls, cherry wood cabinetry and various glass types -- pebbled, colored, etched or lined with rice paper -- have been chosen and illuminated to emphasize the expanses of public space and delineate free-standing pavilions.