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

  • n. Plant leaves, especially tree leaves, considered as a group.
  • n. A cluster of leaves.
  • n. An ornamental representation of leaves, stems, and flowers, especially in architecture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The leaves of plants.
  • n. An architectural ornament representing foliage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Leaves, collectively, as produced or arranged by nature; leafage.
  • n. A cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches; especially, the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches, in architecture, intended to ornament and enrich capitals, friezes, pediments, etc.
  • transitive v. To adorn with foliage or the imitation of foliage; to form into the representation of leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Leaves in general; especially, growing leaves, collectively, in their natural form and condition.
  • n. A cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches; particularly, in architecture, the more or less conventionalized representation of leaves, flowers, and branches used to ornament and enrich capitals, friezes, pediments, etc.

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

  • n. (architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament
  • n. the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

Etymologies

Alteration (influenced by Latin folium, leaf) of Middle English foilage, from Old French foillage, from foille, leaf; see foil2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French feuillage. (Wiktionary)

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