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(Botany) a less common word for foliage
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(ˈfoʊ li ɪdʒ)

1. the leaves of a plant, collectively; leafage.
2. leaves in general.
3. the ornamental representation of leaves, flowers, and branches, as in architecture.
[1400–50; late Middle English foilage < Middle French fueillage, foillage, derivative of feuille leaf. See foil2, -age]
fo′li•aged, adj.
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 leaves collectively, 1599.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leafage - the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plantsleafage - the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
venation - (botany) the arrangement of veins in a leaf
cataphyll - a reduced or scarcely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (i.e., cotyledons) or in the early stages of leaf development
floral leaf - a modified leaf that is part of a flower
dandelion green - the foliage of the dandelion plant
pitcher - (botany) a leaf that that is modified in such a way as to resemble a pitcher or ewer
plant organ - a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
sporophyl, sporophyll - leaf in ferns and mosses that bears the sporangia
parenchyma - the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature; constitutes the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruits, and the pith of stems
blade, leaf blade - especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole
amplexicaul leaf - a leaf with its base clasping the stem
greenery, verdure - green foliage
leaflet - part of a compound leaf
frond - compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad
pad - the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)
scale leaf, scale - a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
fig leaf - a leaf from a fig tree
simple leaf - a leaf that is not divided into parts
compound leaf - a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk
entire leaf - a leaf having a smooth margin without notches or indentations
crenate leaf - a leaf having a scalloped margin
serrate leaf - a leaf having a margin notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex
dentate leaf - a leaf having a toothed margin
emarginate leaf - a leaf having a notch at the apex
erose leaf - a leaf having a jagged margin as though gnawed
runcinate leaf - a leaf having incised margins with the lobes or teeth curved toward the base; as a dandelion leaf
lobed leaf - a leaf having deeply indented margins
lobe - (botany) a part into which a leaf is divided
parallel-veined leaf - a leaf whose veins run in parallel from the stem
parted leaf - a leaf having margins incised almost to the base so as to create distinct divisions or lobes
prickly-edged leaf - a leaf having prickly margins
rosette - a cluster of leaves growing in crowded circles from a common center or crown (usually at or close to the ground)
leaf form, leaf shape - any of the various shape that leaves of plants can assume
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Nightingales trilled near by and the fresh leafage rustled, moved by a passing breeze.
But he waited inside his screen of leafage, his eyes fixed on the screen on the opposite side.
Giuseppe's dark face between flashing earrings, a twisted rag of red and yellow silk round his throat, turned from the reaching yearning monkey to the pink and white biscuits spiked on the bronzed leafage. And upon them all fell the serious and workmanlike sun of an English summer forenoon.
The rotten bark gave way under his feet, and with a despairing yelp he pitched down the rounded crescent, smashed through the leafage and stalks of a small bush, and in the heart of the bush, on the ground, fetched up in the midst of seven ptarmigan chicks.
Nothing lies between them but the torrent, roaring over its waterfalls between two lofty walls of granite that rise above it, their sides covered with the leafage of tall beeches and dark fir trees to the height of a hundred feet.
One the blue background of the high coast they seem to float on silvery patches of calm water, arid and gray, or dark green and rounded like clumps of evergreen bushes, with the larger ones, a mile or two long, showing the outlines of ridges, ribs of gray rock under the dark mantle of matted leafage. Un- known to trade, to travel, almost to geography, the manner of life they harbor is an unsolved secret.
One's delight in an elderberry bush overhanging the confused leafage of a hedgerow bank, as a more gladdening sight than the finest cistus or fuchsia spreading itself on the softest undulating turf, is an entirely unjustifiable preference to a nursery-gardener, or to any of those regulated minds who are free from the weakness of any attachment that does not rest on a demonstrable superiority of qualities.
They had top rails that were finger-carved or had carved crests decorated with fruit or flower motifs with leafage.
How will the exposed side endure open day, it had been devised to purl in streams, murmur to a lover, hold converse with stags, how will it endure burnt by the silhouettes of caustic cloud, will it be shuttered, harden where the membrane should divest itself of amplifier hum, buzz of electric labour, whooshing poplars, sough of reeds uprooted with a scrabbled scream,--a tricky God repurposing those reeds to mouthpieces in ligatures, leafage once cover for its pipes in hush matutinal, pulses violently like a speaker cabinet.
The PokAaAaAeA@mon can also alter the trajectories of the feather blades bending them.&nbsp;It has a&nbsp;special move called Leafage actually involves striking the opponent using leaves.
The bodice, cross-laced from neck to waist with pink ribbons and green to match, concealed her breast like leafage embowering a bud; and the full white sleeves of her shirt, bloused at the wrist and laced up with a ribbon, shone bright upon her shoulders like the tensed wings of a butterfly about to rise in the air.