One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having large or long leaves or fronds; (of a leaf) large; specifically (in the Raunkiaer system of leaf size classification) designating a leaf with a surface area of 180–1640 square centimetres, or a plant bearing such a leaf.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Mayne (1808–1868). From macro- + -phyllous, probably after scientific Latin macrophyllus (as a specific epithet); compare Hellenistic Greek μακρόϕυλλος, and microphyllous.
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