One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling a leaf; having parts resembling leaves.
Botany. An organ resembling a leaf in form and function, though not considered homologous with a true leaf; a leaflike structure in an alga.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Mayne (1808–1868). From ancient Greek ϕύλλον leaf + -oid, after post-classical Latin phylloideus.
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