Definition of foliaceous in English:

foliaceous

adjective

  • 1Of or resembling a leaf or leaves.

    • ‘Ulva (sea lettuce) and Enteromorpha (gut weed) are cosmopolitan, intertidal marine algae that display a foliaceous morphology in their natural environment.’
    • ‘The large elongated conical monopleurid, Petalodontiafelixi, has an exterior marked by strong foliaceous growth rugae and indistinct longitudinal ribs.’
  • 2Geology
    Consisting of thin sheets or laminae.

    • ‘The distribution of species colony forms in the ordination suggests that the Tamana faunules are distinguished by more foliaceous species.’
    • ‘We observe many small, colorless scales of a foliaceous mineral.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin foliaceus leafy (from folium leaf) + -ous.

Pronunciation

foliaceous

/ˌfəʊlɪˈeɪʃəs/