What does foliage mean?

Definitions for foliage
ˈfoʊ li ɪdʒfo·liage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word foliage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leaf, leafage, foliagenoun

    the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

  2. foliation, foliagenoun

    (architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament

Wiktionary

  1. foliagenoun

    The leaves of plants

  2. foliagenoun

    An architectural ornament representing foliage.

  3. Etymology: From feuillage.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Foliagenoun

    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
    Redundant. Phillips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foliagenoun

    leaves, collectively, as produced or arranged by nature; leafage; as, a tree or forest of beautiful foliage

  2. Foliagenoun

    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

  3. Foliageverb

    to adorn with foliage or the imitation of foliage; to form into the representation of leaves

  4. 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

  1. Foliage

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. foliage

    A specific element of a plant.

    Florists use a variety of foliage for their bouquets.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foliage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foliage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of foliage in a Sentence

  1. Red Cross:

    Trees have been uprooted; there is no foliage and no corrugated iron structures standing on the western side of Tanna, schools and concrete homes across Tanna are destroyed. Shelter, along with water and food remain a top priority, and we are working on getting help here as quickly as possible.

  2. William Keeton:

    A mild to moderate drought may actually enhance fall foliage to some degree, so long as it didn't lead to a lot of' browning' or early leaf drop, then again, drought one year may mean less robust leaf production the next.

  3. Michael Snyder:

    Predicting fall’s color changes is part science and part luck, we know the science of color change and the factors that influence it, but we don’t know exactly how it will unfold in any given year. The good news is, our foliage is like a day on the slopes — when it’s good, it’s great. And even when it’s a bit off, it’s still really good.

  4. Jim Salge:

    Really, there’s great foliage everywhere, as well as fine country stores and great New England farms, that’s why people come here ; there’s something for everybody and it’s really easy to do.

  5. William Keeton:

    The causes of fall foliage are complex and actually not entirely understood, drought is only one of several factors, the others being photoperiod and the contrast between daytime and nighttime temperatures in autumn. All of this just goes to show how fascinating our forest ecosystems are !

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