One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of the leaflike structures that together make up a compound leaf.
- ‘Stems and leaves divided into multiple folioles in bas-relief bend so as wholly to fill the decorative field.’
- ‘The flowers stand normally three together, in the axil of a foliole.’
- ‘Mean values of several extractions, each from a different leaf foliole, were calculated.’
- ‘One foliole forming a tomato leaf was used for two separate extractions.’
- ‘Later, the foliole becomes dry, the knot falls apart, and the development takes its course.’
Mid 18th century: French, from Latin foliolum, diminutive of folium ‘leaf’.
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