Definition of foliole in English:


Line breaks: fo¦li|ole
Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊlɪəʊl


  • Each of the leaflike structures that together make up a compound leaf.
    More example sentences
    • The flowers stand normally three together, in the axil of a foliole.
    • Stems and leaves divided into multiple folioles in bas-relief bend so as wholly to fill the decorative field.
    • Later, the foliole becomes dry, the knot falls apart, and the development takes its course.


mid 18th century: French, from Latin foliolum, diminutive of folium 'leaf'.

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