Definition of foliage in English:

foliage

noun

  • Plant leaves, collectively.

    ‘healthy green foliage’
    • ‘Virginiles already have adult foliage and a taproot, but lack generative organs.’
    • ‘The green foliage bent deep towards the ground, out of respect for the snow.’
    • ‘At the centre of each flower are grey-blue stamen and the plant forms a compact mass of foliage and flowers.’
    • ‘Snowdrops are best moved just after flowering when there is still plenty of green foliage.’
    • ‘To avoid plain green foliage syndrome it is worth experimenting with varied foliage plants.’
    • ‘The foliage, some based on plants seen in the botanical gardens, some imagined, is amazing.’
    • ‘For most of the year, it's a small, unassuming plant, with rounded, evergreen foliage.’
    • ‘As the direct methods only relate to foliage, they are the only ones giving real access to leaf area index.’
    • ‘The intermediate states were characterized by nodes associated with foliage leaves.’
    • ‘There is also a plan to arrange signs attractively and plant more foliage along the beach.’
    • ‘A good basis is the guideline developed for nutrient analysis in tree foliage.’
    • ‘He's seen roses with good flowers but bad foliage, good foliage but bad flowers.’
    • ‘Fresh grass broke through the dead foliage, and bright green buds hung on the branches.’
    • ‘The trees that flowered began to shed their foliage in December and were completely bare by January.’
    • ‘Spent flower stems can be removed as well as dead leaves but leave healthy foliage to die back naturally.’
    • ‘Wherever there was green foliage, be it trees or flowers, Sahara heard singing and talking.’
    • ‘He added that the council may be able to plant foliage to make the rocks look better.’
    • ‘The foliage is a bluish green while the flowers open white, with a mass of yellow stamens.’
    • ‘Martin cleverly used foliage plants that complemented and harmonised with the bronze.’
    • ‘Lots of the plants had scented foliage and gave off a lovely perfume as we walked among them.’
    leaves, leafage, greenery, vegetation
    herbage, verdure
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Origin

Late Middle English foilage (in the sense design resembling leaves): from Old French feuillage, from feuille leaf from Latin folium. The change in the first syllable was due to association with Latin folium.

Pronunciation:

foliage

/ˈfōl(ē)ij/