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n. pl. leaves (lēvz)
1. A usually green, flattened, lateral structure attached to a stem and functioning as a principal organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in most plants.
2. A leaflike organ or structure.
a. Leaves considered as a group; foliage.
b. The state or time of having or showing leaves: trees in full leaf.
4. The leaves of a plant used or processed for a specific purpose: large supplies of tobacco leaf.
5. Any of the sheets of paper bound in a book, each side of which constitutes a page.
a. A very thin sheet of material, especially metal.
b. Such leaves considered as a group: covered in gold leaf.
a. A hinged or removable section for a table top.
b. A hinged or otherwise movable section of a folding door, shutter, or gate.
c. A section of drawbridge that moves upward or to the side.
8. One of several metal strips forming a leaf spring.
v. leafed, leaf·ing, leafs
v. intr.
1. To produce leaves; put forth foliage: trees just beginning to leaf.
2. To turn pages, as in searching or browsing: leafed through the catalog.
v. tr.
To turn through the pages of.
Phrasal Verb:
leaf out
To put forth leaves, especially after a period of dormancy: the period in the spring when trees begin to leaf out.
take a leaf from (someone)
To use (someone) as an example.
take a leaf from (or out of) (someone's) book
To use (someone) as an example.

[Middle English, from Old English lēaf.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leafing - (botany) the process of forming leavesleafing - (botany) the process of forming leaves
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
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Certain ornamental plums, peaches and apricots flower before leafing out, as do deciduous magnolias.
There is one tree, though, that is just now leafing out in both New York and Los Angeles.