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leaf British & World English

A flattened structure of a higher plant, typically green and blade-like, that is attached to a stem directly or via a stalk. Leaves are the main organs of photosynthesis and transpiration

leaf English Thesaurus

sycamore leaves

leaf New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

single piece of paper; two pages back to back

bay leaf British & World English

The aromatic dried leaf of the bay tree, used in cooking

drop-leaf British & World English

(Of a table) having a hinged flap

fig leaf British & World English

A leaf of a fig tree, often used for concealing the genitals in paintings and sculpture

gold leaf British & World English

Gold that has been beaten into a very thin sheet, used in gilding

leaf curl British & World English

A plant condition distinguished by the presence of curling leaves, caused by environmental stress or disease

leaf-fall British & World English

The shedding of leaves by a plant

leaf fat British & World English

Dense fat occurring in layers around the kidneys of some animals, especially pigs

leaf fish British & World English

A small deep-bodied predatory freshwater fish, with mottled brownish-green coloration which gives it a leaf-like appearance

leaf lard British & World English

Lard prepared from the leaf fat of a hog

leaf roll British & World English

A virus disease of potatoes marked by upward curling of the leaves

leaf spot British & World English

Any of a large number of fungal, bacterial, or viral plant diseases which cause leaves to develop discoloured spots

nose leaf British & World English

A fleshy leaf-shaped structure on the nose of many bats, used for echolocation

oak leaf British & World English

A red or green variety of lettuce which has leaves with serrated edges and a slightly bitter taste

tea leaf British & World English

Dried leaves of tea, especially after infusion in tea-making or as dregs

true leaf British & World English

A foliage leaf of a plant, as opposed to a seed leaf or cotyledon

curry leaf British & World English

A shrub or small tree native to India and Sri Lanka, the leaves of which are widely used in Indian cooking

leaf beetle British & World English

A small beetle that feeds chiefly on leaves and typically has bright metallic colouring. Some kinds are serious crop pests

leaf green British & World English

A bright, deep green colour

leaf insect British & World English

A large slow-moving tropical insect related to the stick insects, with a flattened body that is leaf-like in shape and colour

leaf miner British & World English

A small fly, moth, or sawfly whose larvae burrow between the two surfaces of a leaf

leaf monkey British & World English

A leaf-eating arboreal Asian monkey that is related to the langurs

leaf mould British & World English

Soil consisting chiefly of decayed leaves

leaf peeper British & World English

A person who visits particular areas, especially in New England, to view the autumn foliage

leaf roller British & World English

An insect, especially a small moth, whose larvae roll up the leaves of plants which they feed upon

leaf spring British & World English

A spring made of a number of strips of metal curved slightly upwards and clamped together one above the other

leaf trace British & World English

A strand of conducting vessels extending from the stem to the base of a leaf

loose-leaf British & World English

(Of a notebook or folder) having each sheet of paper separate and removable

maple leaf British & World English

The leaf of the maple, used as an emblem of Canada

scale leaf British & World English

A small modified leaf, especially a colourless membranous one, such as on a rhizome or forming part of a bulb

silver leaf British & World English

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

tendu leaf British & World English

The leaves of an Asian ebony tree, gathered in India as a cheap tobacco substitute

compound leaf British & World English

A leaf consisting of several or many distinct parts (leaflets) joined to a single stem

foliage leaf British & World English

A normal leaf, as opposed to petals and other modified leaves

leaf warbler British & World English

A small, slender Old World songbird with a brown or greenish back and whitish or yellowish underparts

walking leaf British & World English

Another term for walking fern.

leaf-nosed bat British & World English

A bat with a leaf-like appendage on the snout

cotton-leaf worm British & World English

The larva of a migratory tropical moth which feeds on the leaves of the cotton plant and was formerly a major pest in North America

four-leaf clover British & World English

A clover leaf with four lobes, thought to bring good luck

leaf-tailed gecko British & World English

A gecko with a wide, flat leaf-shaped tail and skin that serves to camouflage it

oak leaf cluster British & World English

(In the US) an attachment to a military decoration representing a twig with oak leaves and acorns, indicating distinguished action or a subsequent award of the same decoration

purple-leaf plum British & World English

A shrub or small tree with white flowers and small red and yellow edible fruit. Native to southwestern Asia, it is used as stock for commercial varieties of plum

shake like a leaf British & World English

(Of a person) tremble greatly, especially from fear

leaf through in leaf British & World English

Turn over (the pages of a book or the papers in a pile), reading them quickly or casually


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