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Definition of "foliate" [fo•li•ate]

  • Of or relating to leaves. (adjective)
  • Shaped like a leaf. (adjective)
  • Geology Foliated. (adjective)
  • To hammer or cut (metal) into thin leaf or foil. (verb-transitive)
  • To coat (glass, for example) with metal foil. (verb-transitive)

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 "foliate" in a sentence
  • "The action plates, which are engraved in foliate scroll, can have either a multicolored case-hardened finish or a flat-silver coin finish."
  • "The capitals topping the pillars are of a simple foliate style."
  • "Pigeons glide through foliate passageways, search for scraps at the feet of three old women on a bench, two in black, one in flowers and dots."