Definition of Foliage

1. Noun. The main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants.

2. Noun. (architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament.
Exact synonyms: Foliation
Generic synonyms: Architectural Ornament
Category relationships: Architecture
Derivative terms: Foliate, Foliate

Definition of Foliage

1. n. Leaves, collectively, as produced or arranged by nature; leafage; as, a tree or forest of beautiful foliage.

2. v. t. To adorn with foliage or the imitation of foliage; to form into the representation of leaves.

Definition of Foliage

1. Noun. The leaves of plants ¹

2. Noun. An architectural ornament representing foliage. ¹

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Definition of Foliage

1. the growth of leaves of a plant [n -S] : FOLIAGED [adj]

Medical Definition of Foliage

1. 1. Leaves, collectively, as produced or arranged by nature; leafage; as, a tree or forest of beautiful foliage. 2. 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. Foliage plant, any plant cultivated for the beauty of its leaves, as many kinds of Begonia and Coleus. Origin: OF. Foillage, fueillage, F. Feuillage, fr. OF. Foille, fueille, fueil, F. Feulle, leaf, L. Folium. See Foil, and cf. Foliation, Filemot. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Foliage

folds of iris
foley artist
foley artists
foley session
foley sessions
folia cerebelli
folia linguae
foliage (current term)
foliage leaf
foliage volume
foliate papillae

Literary usage of Foliage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report by New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Botanical Dept (1908)
"Tomatoes with Yellow foliage. The field of tomatoes has shown several plants with the characteristic yellow foliage. Such plants, while they have a sickly ..."

2. The American Rose Annual by American Rose Society (1918)
"OR Height and compactness medium, rather weak, not Tery Hardy; foliage ... Moderately tall, quite compact, reasonably hardy; foliage plentiful and healthy; ..."

3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and Liberty Hyde Bailey by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"Pyramidal tree, darker and denser than the type: branchlets short, rigid, much flattened: foliage distinctly glandular, brownish dark green above, ..."

4. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"Dwarf and dense form of somewhat irregular habit; in foliage similar to ... A low, broad pyramid, with slender brandies clothed with two kinds of foliage, ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The holly, boxwood, evergreen oak, and Portugal laurel are universally known and admired, and their glossy foliage make; them specially beautiful in winter. ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"The relation of the parts of the flower to the foliage leaves is a subject ... That they are but modifications of the foliage leaf, constituents of the leaf ..."

7. An inquiry into the difference of style observable in ancient glass by Charles Winston (1867)
"foliage, &c. By far the greater part of Early English decorative work is composed of ... The earlier foliage partakes much of the character of the antique, ..."

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