fo·​li·​ose ˈfō-lē-ˌōs How to pronounce foliose (audio)
: having a flat, thin, and usually lobed thallus attached to the substratum
foliose lichens
compare crustose, fruticose

Examples of foliose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are three general categories of lichens: crustose which are small and carpet-like, foliose which have large, lettuce-like leaves, and fruticose which have more complex three-dimensional, often branch-like structures. Sarah White, Discover Magazine, 3 July 2019

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Word History


Latin foliosus leafy

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foliose was in 1758

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“Foliose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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