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Definition of "foliaceous" [fo•li•a•ceous]

  • Of, relating to, or resembling the leaf of a plant. (adjective)
  • Having leaves or leaflike structures. (adjective)
  • Geology Consisting of thin, leaflike layers, as of minerals. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "foliaceous" in a sentence
  • "The adventitious organs appeared as if they were developments from the thalamus -- a kind of foliaceous disc, in fact."
  • "I was startled by a great patch of vivid scarlet on the ground, and going up to it found it to be a peculiar fungus, branched and corrugated like a foliaceous lichen, but deliquescing into slime at the touch; and then in the shadow of some luxuriant ferns I came upon an unpleasant thing, — the dead body of a rabbit covered with shining flies, but still warm and with the head torn off."
  • "These foliaceous heaps lie along the bank like the slag of a furnace, showing that Nature is “in full blast” within."