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Bearing no leaves; leafless.

[From New Latin aphyllus, from Greek aphullos : a-, without; see a-1 + phullon, leaf; see -phyllous.]

a′phyl′ly (ā′fĭl′ē) n.
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(Botany) (of plants) having no leaves
[C19: from New Latin aphyllus, from Greek aphullos, from a-1 + phullon leaf]
aˈphylly n
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Adj.1.aphyllous - having no leaves
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
leafless - having no leaves
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The leaf size spectra was dominated by microphyll with 31 (39.74%) species followed by mesophyll (17 sp., 21.79%), nanophyll 14 (17.94%), macrophyll 6 (7.69%), leptophyll 5 (6.41%), megaphyll 2 (2.56%) and one (1.28%) species was aphyllous (Table 2, Fig.
From the Greek a, without, phyllon, leaf, and clados, branch, with reference to the aphyllous branches.
This group includes the leafless or aphyllous plants, which normally lack leaves altogether.