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 Dictionary entry overview: What does foliage mean? 

FOLIAGE (noun)
  The noun FOLIAGE has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: FOLIAGE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FOLIAGE (noun)

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The main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants


foliage; leaf; leafage

Hypernyms ("foliage" is a kind of...):

plant organ (a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus)

Meronyms (parts of "foliage"):

venation ((botany) the arrangement of veins in a leaf)

lobe ((botany) a part into which a leaf is divided)

leaf form; leaf shape (any of the various shape that leaves of plants can assume)

Meronyms (substance of "foliage"):

parenchyma (the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature; constitutes the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruits, and the pith of stems)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "foliage"):

cataphyll (a reduced or scarcely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (i.e., cotyledons) or in the early stages of leaf development)

entire leaf (a leaf having a smooth margin without notches or indentations)

crenate leaf (a leaf having a scalloped margin)

serrate leaf (a leaf having a margin notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex)

dentate leaf (a leaf having a toothed margin)

emarginate leaf (a leaf having a notch at the apex)

erose leaf (a leaf having a jagged margin as though gnawed)

runcinate leaf (a leaf having incised margins with the lobes or teeth curved toward the base; as a dandelion leaf)

lobed leaf (a leaf having deeply indented margins)

parallel-veined leaf (a leaf whose veins run in parallel from the stem)

parted leaf (a leaf having margins incised almost to the base so as to create distinct divisions or lobes)

prickly-edged leaf (a leaf having prickly margins)

compound leaf (a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk)

simple leaf (a leaf that is not divided into parts)

floral leaf (a modified leaf that is part of a flower)

dandelion green (the foliage of the dandelion plant)

sporophyl; sporophyll (leaf in ferns and mosses that bears the sporangia)

blade; leaf blade (especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole)

amplexicaul leaf (a leaf with its base clasping the stem)

greenery; verdure (green foliage)

leaflet (part of a compound leaf)

frond (compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad)

pad (the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily))

scale; scale leaf (a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin)

fig leaf (a leaf from a fig tree)

rosette (a cluster of leaves growing in crowded circles from a common center or crown (usually at or close to the ground))

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(architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


foliage; foliation

Hypernyms ("foliage" is a kind of...):

architectural ornament ((architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance)

Domain category:

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)

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