Definition of silver leaf in US English:

silver leaf


  • 1A fungal disease of ornamental and fruit trees, especially plum trees, resulting in silvery discoloration of the leaves.

    The fungus is Chondrostereum purpureum, family Stereaceae, class Hymenomycetes

    • ‘We think your flowering cherry trees may have silver leaf fungus disease.’
    • ‘If plum trees are pruned at the wrong time of year, they are often attacked by silver leaf, a serious fungal disease.’
  • 2Silver that has been beaten into a very thin sheet, suitable for applying to surfaces as a decoration.

    ‘a layer of silver leaf gives it a metallic sheen’
    • ‘Many of his current paintings feature hand-worked gold and silver leaf, gold porcelain or appliqué from other media such as sheet music and fabric.’
    • ‘Gold and silver leaf are used in the Indian subcontinent.’
    • ‘Some graphics become unique multi-media works with the addition of collage elements - paper or items glued onto the face of the print - or the addition of gold or silver leaf.’
    • ‘A chart was done of how the sky would look at the dawn of the millennium, and I had to recreate the scene in gold and silver leaf.’
    • ‘At about the same time plaster casts were made of known carvings on Stones 3, 4, and 53, enhanced by a novel method of applying silver leaf.’