drop leaf


Definition of drop leaf

: a hinged leaf on the side or end of a table that can be folded down

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Both are dropping leaves at an abnormal rate for late July. oregonlive.com, "Ask An Expert: Difficult weather conditions can make berries ripen unevenly," 9 Aug. 2019 World Market offers a similar product in gray and with drop leaves. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All kinds of small dining tables for under $500," 1 Oct. 2018 Students have made drop leaf tables, shoemaker benches, stools, and potters wheels. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Makerspace Movement Comes To Killingly Public Library," 21 May 2018 Plants become yellow, drop leaves, and may die and honeydew is excreted onto foliage and fruit. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016 Winter's longer nights trigger a growth response in short-day plants, such as forming bulbs, blooming or dropping leaves. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How do shorter days and winter light affect plants?," 9 Dec. 2017 Short-day photoperiodic plants that drop leaves or bloom in the fall or winter are triggered to do so by the long nights. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How do shorter days and winter light affect plants?," 9 Dec. 2017 There is a marked contrast between outdoor and indoor environments, and the plant is trying to adjust by dropping leaves. Dick Crum, Indianapolis Star, "Dr. Dirt: Magnolia not commonly grown in Central Indiana," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of drop leaf

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drop leaf was in 1882

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