foliage

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

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

foliaged

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 in a sentence

  1. a tree with pretty foliage

  2. the thick green foliage of the jungle

Did You Know?

The English language has its share of common but disputed usages. One such example is the pronunciation of foliage as FOH-lij or, even more irksome to some, FOY-lij. The first of these two pronunciations, though frequently disparaged, is consistent with the pronunciation of the -iage ending in marriage and carriage, as well the less common but widely accepted pronunciation of verbiage as VER-bij. The second of these is often more fiercely denounced, in part because of its association with the nonstandard spelling foilage. Oddly enough, foliage traces back to Middle French foille ("leaf"), which is also the source of the English word foil (as in "aluminum foil"). When adopted by Middle English speakers, foil originally meant "leaf."

Origin and Etymology of foliage

Middle French fuellage, from foille leaf — more at foil


First Known Use: 1598


FOLIAGE Defined for English Language Learners

foliage

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

Definition of foliage for English Language Learners

  • : the leaves of a plant or of many plants


FOLIAGE Defined for Kids

foliage

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noun fo·li·age \ˈfō-lē-ij\

Definition of foliage for Students

  1. :  the leaves of a plant



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