Definition of foliate in English:


Line breaks: fo¦li|ate


Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊlɪət
, -eɪt/
  • Decorated with leaves or leaf-like motifs: foliate scrolls
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    • The fluted stiles are embellished with carved foliate scrolls.
    • The lower tier of the fountain had intertwined dolphin supports and was raised on a finely cast foliate stem.
    • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊlɪeɪt
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  • 1Decorate with leaves or leaf-like motifs.
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    • 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.
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    • The book was foliated in pencil below the text in the lower right-hand corner.
    • The newly discovered manuscript had in fact been foliated and the figures are omitted from the plates.


mid 17th century: from Latin foliatus 'leaved', from folium 'leaf'.

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