One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Decorated with leaves or leaflike motifs.‘foliate scrolls’
- ‘Each portrait is encircled with a foliate wreath and surrounded by classical rinceaux against a Byzantine style gold background.’
- ‘At Osterley what are central fruiting grapevines in the carpet are foliate swags in the drawing.’
- ‘Calculated tangles of foliate and linear patterns hug the edges of several of the paintings, thinning out toward the center.’
- ‘Apart from foliate designs, Renaissance patterns diffused relatively slowly through northern Europe and Spain.’
- ‘Many interpretations of the meaning and origin of the Green Man have been offered since Lady Raglan first applied the term to the human foliate head.’
- ‘Set against white plaster walls, the bases and ornate foliate capitals of the columns were gilded, and their shafts were painted a ‘straw’ color.’
- ‘Again, the foliate, grooved teeth do not meet diplodocomorph specs.’
- ‘Somasteroids typically are foliate with ventral series of so-called virgals extending from ambulacrals to marginals.’
- ‘Most of Romsey's foliate heads are closer to animal than to human form: this one is very cat-like, and is the source of copious vegetation.’
- ‘The lower tier of the fountain had intertwined dolphin supports and was raised on a finely cast foliate stem.’
- ‘A foliate tricephalic form can be seen at Llandaff Cathedral.’
- ‘The fluted stiles are embellished with carved foliate scrolls.’
1Decorate with leaves or leaflike motifs.‘the dome is to be foliated’
put out leaves, bud, burst into leavesView synonyms
- ‘The Santan Mountains study site is also primarily composed of granodiorite, but the boulders are not as extensive or foliated as in the South Mountains.’
- ‘The courtyard was foliated with multiple kinds of bushes and trees.’
2Number the leaves of (a book) rather than the pages.
- ‘The newly discovered manuscript had in fact been foliated and the figures are omitted from the plates.’
- ‘The book was foliated in pencil below the text in the lower right-hand corner.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin foliatus ‘leaved’, from folium ‘leaf’.
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