foliage
noun Etymology: Middle French fuellage, from foille leaf — more at foil Date: 1598 1. a representation of leaves, flowers, and branches for architectural ornamentation 2. the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants 3. a cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches • foliaged adjective Usage: The disyllabic pronunciation \ˈfō-lij\ is very common. Some commentators insist that foliage requires a trisyllabic pronunciation because of its spelling, but words of a similar pattern such as carriage and marriage do not fall under their prescription. The pronunciation \ˈfȯi-lij\ is disapproved because it suggests the transposition of the l and i in the spelling. It is not as common as \ˈfō-lij\ and may be associated with the nonstandard spelling foilage.

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  • Foliage — Fo li*age, v. t. To adorn with foliage or the imitation of foliage; to form into the representation of leaves. [R.] Drummond. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foliage — Fo li*age, n. [OF. foillage, fueillage, F. feuillage, fr. OF. foille, fueille, fueil, F. feulle, leaf, L. folium. See 3d {Foil}, and cf. {Foliation}, {Filemot}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Leaves, collectively, as produced or arranged by nature; leafage;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foliage — (n.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. feuillage, from O.Fr. feuille leaf (see FOIL (Cf. foil) (n.)). The form has altered by influence of L. folium …   Etymology dictionary

  • foliage — [n] leaves frondescence, greenness, growth, herbage, leafage, umbrage, vegetation, verdure; concept 428 …   New thesaurus

  • foliage — ► NOUN ▪ leaves of plants collectively. ORIGIN Old French feuillage, from Latin folium leaf …   English terms dictionary

  • foliage — [fō′lē ij] n. [ME foilage < OFr feuillage < feuille, a leaf < L folia < folium: see FOLIATE] 1. leaves, as of a plant or tree; mass of leaves; leafage 2. a decoration consisting of a representation of leaves, branches, flowers, etc …   English World dictionary

  • foliage — [[t]fo͟ʊliɪʤ[/t]] N UNCOUNT The leaves of a plant are referred to as its foliage. ...shrubs with grey or silver foliage …   English dictionary

  • foliage — fo|li|age [ˈfəuli ıdʒ US ˈfou ] n [U] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: foilage, from Latin folium leaf ] the leaves of a plant ▪ dark green foliage …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foliage — fo|li|age [ fouliıdʒ ] noun uncount the leaves of a plant or tree: red flowers and dark green foliage …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foliage — noun the plant is grown for its striking foliage Syn: leaves, leafage; greenery, vegetation, verdure …   Thesaurus of popular words

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