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perfoliate leaf


Of or relating to a sessile leaf or bract that completely clasps the stem and is apparently pierced by it.

[New Latin perfoliātus : Latin per-, per- + Latin foliātus, bearing leaves (from folium, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots).]

per·fo′li·a′tion n.
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(pəˈfəʊlɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
(Botany) (of a leaf) having a base that completely encloses the stem, so that the stem appears to pass through it
[C17: from New Latin perfoliātus, from Latin per- through + folium leaf]
perˌfoliˈation n
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Adj.1.perfoliate - (of a leaf) having the base united around (and apparently pierced by) the stem
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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