American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A photosynthetic branch or portion of a stem that resembles and functions as a leaf, as in the asparagus. Also called cladode.
- n. botany A phyllode
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A special branch, resembling a leaf, as in the apparent foliage of the broom (Ruscus) and of the common cultivated smilax (Myrsiphillum).
- n. a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leaf
- Greek klados, twig + -phyll. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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