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  • adj. Of plants or trees, without leaves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no leaves or foliage; bearing no foliage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without leaves; having lost its leaves: as, a leafless tree.

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

  • adj. having no leaves


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leaf +‎ -less


  • The wharf was full, every mooring place taken, and the masts of all the ships formed a kind of leafless forest, stripped of the sails that had carried them all this way.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • Dawn to dusk, each hour, Patricio would guide twenty pilgrims to the cave while the others queued up, seeking shade under every leafless cactus and scrubby tree near the chain.

    The Calling

  • When it did, light splashed through larch and ash, sliding across tree trunks and falling into tangles of dark, leafless brash.

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  • With the sun peaking through the leafless branches, we had our midday meal and shared our morning stories.

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  • We stopped in a depressing little memorial garden of leafless rosebushes with a monument for the dead of the two world wars and sat there in the drizzle.

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  • The leafless garden with its pinched grass and dirty London brick walls: would he see spring arrive there?


  • The railroad yard is complex and artificial as any monument to culture, yet dendritic as the pattern of branches on a leafless oak.

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  • Slowly, as he ploughed and floundered through the snow, he began to see things again -- the banks of the creek, the old timber-jams, the leafless aspens, and the sky.

    To Build A Fire

  • At the salt mines of Salzburg, they throw a leafless wintry bough into one of the abandoned workings.

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  • Beyond the highway, down a slope of leafless oak and hickory, the river waddles to its fate in curves as clumsy as the handwriting of a child.

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