from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bearing no leaves; leafless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no leaves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of leaves, as the broom rape, certain euphorbiaceous plants, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, destitute of leaves: applied to flowering plants that are naturally leafless, as most Cactaceæ, and to thallogenous cryptogams.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having no leaves


From New Latin aphyllus, from Greek aphullos : a-, without; see a-1 + phullon, leaf; see -phyllous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
19th Century, from New Latin aphyllus, from Ancient Greek ἄφυλλος (aphullos, "leafless") (ἀ- + φύλλον) (Wiktionary)


  • Nor are there any extensive families peculiar to these regions; the only characteristic tribes being that small section of aphyllous, or nearly aphyllous Cassiae, which I have particularly adverted to in my account of some of the species belonging to Captain Sturt's collection; and several genera of Myoporinae, particularly Eremophila and Stenochilus.

    Expedition into Central Australia

  • Cassiae closely allied to the aphyllous species; they have only one pair of foliola which are caducous, and whose persistent footstalk is more or less vertically compressed.

    Expedition into Central Australia

  • - absence of leaves. aphyllous, adj. apical adj. - at the summit or tip; Phonetics, pertaining to a consonant formed with help of tip of tongue. apicad, adv. towards the summit. adj. free from spherical aberration. aplanatism, n.


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