American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or resembling the leaf of a plant.
- adj. Having leaves or leaflike structures.
- adj. Geology Consisting of thin, leaflike layers, as of minerals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being or resembling a leaf.
- In botany, having the texture or form of leaf; bearing leaves; leafy.
- In zoology, having parts or processes like leaves; ramifying like a leafy branch; foliate; expanded and thin, but not flat. Also frondose.
- Consisting of thin laminæ; having the form of leaf or plate: as, foliaceous spar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Belonging to, or having the texture or nature of, a leaf; having leaves intermixed with flowers.
- adj. (Min.) Consisting of leaves or thin laminæ; having the form of leaf or plate.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Leaflike in form or mode of growth.
- adj. (especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata
- adj. of or pertaining to or resembling the leaf of a plant
- adj. bearing numerous leaves
- From Latin foliāceus, from folium, leaf; see folium. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The adventitious organs appeared as if they were developments from the thalamus -- a kind of foliaceous disc, in fact.”
“I was startled by a great patch of vivid scarlet on the ground, and going up to it found it to be a peculiar fungus, branched and corrugated like a foliaceous lichen, but deliquescing into slime at the touch; and then in the shadow of some luxuriant ferns I came upon an unpleasant thing, — the dead body of a rabbit covered with shining flies, but still warm and with the head torn off.”
“These foliaceous heaps lie along the bank like the slag of a furnace, showing that Nature is “in full blast” within.”
“I feel as if I were nearer to the vitals of the globe, for this sandy overflow is something such a foliaceous mass as the vitals of the animal body.”
“I opened the stomachs of several, and found them largely distended with minced sea-weed (Ulvæ), which grows in thin foliaceous expansions of a bright green or a dull red colour.”
“-- Under this name are imported into this country the dried foliaceous tops of a strongly odoriferous labiate plant, growing three feet high in India and China, called in Bengalee and Hindu, _pucha pat_.”
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“M. Fournier  gives as an illustration the case of a specimen of _Ruscus aculeatus_ in which there occurred a division of the foliaceous branches into two segments, reaching as far as the insertion of the flower, but no further.”
“Terminal flowers are more subject to it than lateral ones, and if the latter, by accident, become terminal, they seem peculiarly liable to assume a foliaceous condition.”
“Moquin  relates having found in the neighbourhood of Montpellier a flower of a tulip the ovary of which was represented by true leaves, which bore on their margins the ovules, and thus presented a striking analogy with the carpels of those Sterculias, like _S. platanifolia_, which are foliaceous in texture and open very early in the course of their development.”
“The several floral parts are here, some virescent, others truly foliaceous, and each whorl is separated from its neighbour by a rather long internode.”
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