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

  • adj. Of or relating to rock that exhibits a layered structure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a structure of thin layers
  • adj. Decorated with foliage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having leaves, or leaflike projections.
  • adj. Containing, or consisting of, foils.
  • adj. Characterized by being separable into thin plates or folia.
  • adj. Laminated, but restricted to the variety of laminated structure found in crystalline schist, as mica schist, etc.; schistose.
  • adj. Spread over with an amalgam of tin and quicksilver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spread or beaten out into a thin plate or leaf.
  • Covered with a thin plate or foil.
  • Consisting of plates or laminæ; resembling or in the form of a plate; lamellar: as, a foliated structure.
  • In art: Decorated with leaf-shaped ornaments, or with ornaments whose disposition and form are suggestive of foliage. Cut into leaf-shaped divisions or irregularities of outline.
  • In architecture, containing foils: as, a foliated arch.
  • In heraldry, decorated with foliations or lobes; growing into or decorated with natural leaves.
  • In music, having notes added above or below: said of a plain-song melody.

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

  • adj. (especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata
  • adj. ornamented with foliage or foils


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  • It is rarely found as crystals, but is commonly found as what mineralogists describe as foliated masses.


  • But thefe precious flones» which are found in a kind of foliated granit, are the fame coarfe kind that are generally found in fimilar rocks.

    Travels in Hungary, with a short account of Vienna in the year 1793

  • It was here that in 1907 Proust studied the facade's foliated tracery, illuminated by Agostinelli's headlamps.

    Classic France: the insiders' guide

  • Built to support logs in the fireplace and poised atop delicately foliated bases, each displays a golden dromedary with neck arched languidly backwards.

    At the Frick, Dreams of Ottoman Treasures

  • As far as I can discern, these are foliated or (roughly speaking) “wrapped” objects akin to the “reel” referred to above; but the Wikipedia article on them is rather terse and formal and not very illuminating.

    The Arrow of Time in Scientific American

  • Think of spacetime as a series of spatial (three dimensional spaces) foliated like pages in a book within spacetime.

    Dark Matter: Still Dark.

  • Grogan Fault, along which much of the main channel of Redwood Creek flows, is a major structural feature within the park, separating well foliated meta-sedimentary schists and meta-basalts on the south-west of Redwood Creek from the unmetamorphosed sedimentary rocks of the Franciscan to the north-east.

    Redwood National Park, United States

  • Manuscripts are usually foliated, where each leaf is give a number.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Schist is a medium - to coarse-grained foliated rock.

    Metamorphic rock

  • Figure 1: The mineral grains in rocks subjected to extreme pressure often rearrange themselves in a parallel fashion, creating a foliated texture (Image A - before metamorphism; Image B - after metamorphism).

    Metamorphic rock


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