What does foliage mean?
Definitions for foliage
ˈfoʊ li ɪdʒfo·liage
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leaf, leafage, foliagenoun
the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
(architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament
The leaves of plants
An architectural ornament representing foliage.
Etymology: From feuillage.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Leaves; tufts of leaves; the apparel of leaves to a plant.
Etymology: folium, Latin; feuillage, French.
The great columns are finely engraven with fruits and foliage, that run twisting about them from the very top to the bottom. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
When swelling buds their od’rous foliage shed,
And gently harden into fruit, the wise
Spare not the little offsprings, if they grow
A leaf is a principal appendage of the stem of a vascular plant, usually borne laterally aboveground and specialized for photosynthesis. Leaves are collectively called foliage, as in "autumn foliage", while the leaves, stem, flower, and fruit collectively form the shoot system. In most leaves, the primary photosynthetic tissue is the palisade mesophyll and is located on the upper side of the blade or lamina of the leaf but in some species, including the mature foliage of Eucalyptus, palisade mesophyll is present on both sides and the leaves are said to be isobilateral. Most leaves are flattened and have distinct upper (adaxial) and lower (abaxial) surfaces that differ in color, hairiness, the number of stomata (pores that intake and output gases), the amount and structure of epicuticular wax and other features. Leaves are mostly green in color due to the presence of a compound called chlorophyll that is essential for photosynthesis as it absorbs light energy from the sun. A leaf with lighter-colored or white patches or edges is called a variegated leaf. Leaves can have many different shapes, sizes, textures and colors. The broad, flat leaves with complex venation of flowering plants are known as megaphylls and the species that bear them, the majority, as broad-leaved or megaphyllous plants, which also includes acrogymnosperms and ferns. In the lycopods, with different evolutionary origins, the leaves are simple (with only a single vein) and are known as microphylls. Some leaves, such as bulb scales, are not above ground. In many aquatic species, the leaves are submerged in water. Succulent plants often have thick juicy leaves, but some leaves are without major photosynthetic function and may be dead at maturity, as in some cataphylls and spines. Furthermore, several kinds of leaf-like structures found in vascular plants are not totally homologous with them. Examples include flattened plant stems called phylloclades and cladodes, and flattened leaf stems called phyllodes which differ from leaves both in their structure and origin. Some structures of non-vascular plants look and function much like leaves. Examples include the phyllids of mosses and liverworts.
leaves, collectively, as produced or arranged by nature; leafage; as, a tree or forest of beautiful foliage
a cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches; especially, the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches, in architecture, intended to ornament and enrich capitals, friezes, pediments, etc
to adorn with foliage or the imitation of foliage; to form into the representation of leaves
Etymology: [OF. foillage, fueillage, F. feuillage, fr. OF. foille, fueille, fueil, F. feulle, leaf, L. folium. See 3d Foil, and cf. Foliation, Filemot.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fō′lī-āj, n. leaves: a cluster of leaves: (archit.) a representation of leaves, flowers, and branches used for ornamentation.—adjs. Fō′liaged, worked like foliage; Fō′liar, pertaining to leaves: resembling leaves.—v.t. Fō′liāte (orig.), to beat into a leaf: to cover with leaf-metal.—adj. Fō′liāted, beaten into a thin leaf: decorated with leaf ornaments: (mus.) having notes added above or below, as in a plain-song melody.—ns. Fō′liātion, the leafing, esp. of plants: the act of beating a metal into a thin plate, or of spreading foil over a piece of glass to form a mirror: (geol.) the alternating and more or less parallel layers or folia of different mineralogical nature, of which the crystalline schists are composed: (archit.) decoration with cusps, lobes, or foliated tracery; Fō′liature, foliation. [O. Fr. fueillage—L. folium, a leaf.]
A specific element of a plant.
Florists use a variety of foliage for their bouquets.
Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020
The numerical value of foliage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of foliage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of foliage in a Sentence
Soldiers wear uniforms with the familiar green and brown camouflage patterns to blend into foliage during the day, but under low light and at night, they're still vulnerable to infrared detection, you can draw inspiration from nature that has been developed over millions of years, giving us ideas we might not have been able to come up with otherwise.
I ’m expecting that it’s going to be patchy, you ca n’t get great foliage without a good setup in spring or summer. This year the setup is not terrible, but it’s also not ideal.
Woody Allen, Without Feathers:
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOE Unbearably lovely music is heard as the curtain rises, and we see the woods on a summer afternoon. A fawn dances on and nibbles slowly at some leaves. He drifts lazily through the soft foliage. Soon he starts coughing and drops dead.
Relationships, like an exquisite garden do not thrive on granite. Find the valley where the bright foliage permeates the landscape; this is where you plant the flowers.
Soldiers wear uniforms with the familiar green and brown camouflage patterns to blend into foliage during the day, but under low light and at night, they're still vulnerable to infrared detection, you can draw inspiration from natural systems that have been perfected over millions of years, giving us ideas we might never have been able to come up with otherwise.
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- шума, листакBulgarian
- Laub, BlätterGerman
- φυλλωσιά, φύλλωμαGreek
- lehdet, lehvistöFinnish
- лисје, лисјаMacedonian
- løvverk, bladverkNorwegian
- листва, листRussian
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