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

  • adj. Of or relating to a sessile leaf or bract that completely clasps the stem and is apparently pierced by it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Appearing to have the stem passing through the blade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the basal part produced around the stem; -- said of leaves which the stem apparently passes directory through.
  • adj. Surrounded by a circle of hairs, or projections of any kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, having a stem which seems to pass through the blade: said of a leaf.
  • In entomology, having the outer joints much dilated laterally all around, but not forming a compact club; taxicorn: said of antennæ appearing like a number of round plates joined by a shaft or stem running through their centers. Also perfoliated.

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

  • adj. (of a leaf) having the base united around (and apparently pierced by) the stem

Etymologies

New Latin perfoliātus : Latin per-, per- + Latin foliātus, bearing leaves (from folium, leaf).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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