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foliage

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noun fo·liage \ˈfō-lē-ij also -lyij; ÷ˈfō-lij, ÷ˈfȯi-lij\

Simple Definition of foliage

  • : the leaves of a plant or of many plants

Full Definition of foliage

  1. 1 :  a representation of leaves, flowers, and branches for architectural ornamentation

  2. 2 :  the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants

  3. 3 :  a cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches

fo·liaged play \-lē-ijd also -lyijd; ÷ˈfō-lijd, ÷ˈfȯi-\ adjective

Usage Discussion of foliage

The disyllabic pronunciation \ˈfō-lij\ is very common. Some commentators insist that foliage requires a trisyllabic pronunciation because of its spelling, but words of a similar pattern such as carriage and marriage do not fall under their prescription. The pronunciation \ˈfȯi-lij\ is disapproved because it suggests the transposition of the l and i in the spelling. It is not as common as \ˈfō-lij\ and may be associated with the nonstandard spelling foilage.

Examples of foliage

  1. a tree with pretty foliage

  2. the thick green foliage of the jungle



Origin of foliage

Middle French fuellage, from foille leaf — more at foil


First Known Use: 1598



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