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silver leaf

Syllabification: sil·ver leaf

Definition of silver leaf in English:

noun

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

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