leaf

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English[edit]

A leaf
leaves (plural form)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English leef, from Old English lēaf, from Proto-Germanic *laubą (leaf) (compare West Frisian leaf, Low German Loov, Dutch loof, German Laub, Danish løv, Swedish löv, Norwegian Nynorsk lauv), from Proto-Indo-European *lowbʰ-o-m, from *lewbʰ- (leaf, rind)[1] (compare Irish luibh (herb), Latin liber (bast; book), Lithuanian lúoba (bark), Albanian labë (rind), Latvian luba (plank, board), Russian луб (lub, bast)).

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Noun[edit]

leaf (plural leaves)

  1. The usually green and flat organ that represents the most prominent feature of most vegetative plants.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
      Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.
  2. Anything resembling the leaf of a plant.
  3. A sheet of any substance beaten or rolled until very thin.
    gold leaf
  4. A sheet of a book, magazine, etc (consisting of two pages, one on each face of the leaf).
    Synonym: folium
  5. (in the plural) Tea leaves.
  6. A flat section used to extend the size of a table.
  7. A moveable panel, e.g. of a bridge or door, originally one that hinged but now also applied to other forms of movement.
    The train car has one single-leaf and two double-leaf doors per side.
    Hyponym: doorleaf
    Meronym: stile
  8. (botany) A foliage leaf or any of the many and often considerably different structures it can specialise into.
  9. (computing, mathematics) In a tree, a node that has no descendants.
    • 2011, John Mongan, Noah Kindler, Eric Giguère, Programming Interviews Exposed
      The algorithm pops the stack to obtain a new current node when there are no more children (when it reaches a leaf).
  10. The layer of fat supporting the kidneys of a pig, leaf fat.
  11. One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.
  12. (slang) Marijuana.

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Verb[edit]

leaf (third-person singular simple present leafs, present participle leafing, simple past and past participle leafed)

  1. (intransitive) To produce leaves; put forth foliage.
  2. (transitive) To divide (a vegetable) into separate leaves.
    The lettuce in our burgers is 100% hand-leafed.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 337

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Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *laubō. Cognate with Old High German *louba (German Laube).

Noun[edit]

lēaf f

  1. permission
Declension[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • English: leave

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *laubą. Cognate with West Frisian leaf, Old Saxon lōf, Old High German loup, Old Norse lauf, Gothic 𐌻𐌰𐌿𐍆𐍃 (laufs).

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lēaf n

  1. leaf
  2. page
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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English lēaf.

Noun[edit]

leaf (plural leafs)

  1. leaf

West Frisian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Frisian lāf, from Proto-Germanic *laubą, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *lewp- (peel off, break off).

Noun[edit]

leaf n (plural leaven, diminutive leafke)

  1. leaf, especially a long leaf, like a blade of grass
Further reading[edit]
  • leaf (IV)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Frisian liāf, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz.

Adjective[edit]

leaf

  1. friendly, kind, cordial
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of leaf
uninflected leaf
inflected leave
comparative leaver
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial leaf leaver it leafst
it leafste
indefinite c. sing. leave leavere leafste
n. sing. leaf leaver leafste
plural leave leavere leafste
definite leave leavere leafste
partitive leafs leavers
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Further reading[edit]
  • leaf (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011