AskDefine | Define foliate

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foliate adj
1 ornamented with foliage or foils; "foliate tracery"; "a foliated capital" [syn: foliated]
2 (often used as a combining form) having or resembling a leaf or having a specified kind or number of leaves; "`foliate' is combined with the prefix `tri' to form the word `trifoliate'"
3 (especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata [syn: foliated, foliaceous]


1 hammer into thin flat foils; "foliate metal"
2 decorate with leaves
3 coat or back with metal foil; "foliate glass"
4 number the pages of a book or manuscript [syn: paginate, page]
5 grow leaves; "the tree foliated in Spring"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. of or relating to leaves
  2. shaped like a leaf
  3. foliated


  1. to form into leaves
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