per·​fo·​li·​ate ˌpər-ˈfō-lē-ət How to pronounce perfoliate (audio)
: having the basal part naturally united around the stem
a perfoliate leaf of a honeysuckle

Word History


New Latin perfoliata, an herb having leaves pierced by the stem, from Latin per through + foliata, feminine of foliatus foliate

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perfoliate was in 1670

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Cite this Entry

“Perfoliate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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