foliage

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From Late Middle English foilage, from Middle French feuillage. The more recent form is influenced by the Latin etymon folium.

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foliage (countable and uncountable, plural foliages)

  1. The leaves of plants.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. (short for) Fall foliage.
  3. An architectural ornament representing foliage.

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