fo·​li·​ate | \ ˈfō-lē-ət How to pronounce foliate (audio) , -ˌāt \

Definition of foliate

1 : shaped like a leaf a foliate sponge
2 : foliated

Examples of foliate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Art Deco carved ruby and diamond braceletwith trailing foliate design with an open panel clasp, mounted in platinum, circa 1930. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 July 2022 The diamond tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co for R & S. Garrard in a scrolled and pierced foliate form. Stephanie Petit,, 25 Feb. 2022 The works reference Art Nouveau’s mimicry of foliate forms — only, in this case, they’re literally composed of leaves. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 On one tall, tapered rectangular vase, Pignolet alternates foliate ornamentation with extracts from the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2019 These beetles can cause a grade deal of damage to linden and crabapple trees, fruit-bearing trees and grapevines, along with other foliate flora. USA TODAY, 26 July 2019 Round box with lid made by Frank J. Marshall Photo: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Hale’s jewelry designs often incorporate foliate motifs in the gold or silver setting. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of foliate

circa 1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for foliate

Latin foliatus leafy, from folium leaf — more at blade

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The first known use of foliate was circa 1658

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foliar trace



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4 Jul 2022

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“Foliate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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fo·​li·​ate | \ ˈfō-lē-ət How to pronounce foliate (audio) , -ˌāt How to pronounce foliate (audio) \

Medical Definition of foliate

: shaped like a leaf

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